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Can unpaid spousal support cause tax refund interception?

On this blog, we have gone over some of the consequences of various family law hurdles that people might encounter, such as those which involve child support and some of the different challenges that can arise during a divorce. However, spousal support can also be stressful for those who are not able to make payments as well as those who are not receiving the support they were owed. Moreover, falling behind on spousal support obligations could potentially lead to other negative consequences, such as the interception of a tax refund.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, back spousal support may lead to the interception of one's tax refund. Through the Treasury Offset Program, the Bureau of the Fiscal Service offsets tax refunds for some people who have fallen behind on their spousal support obligations. In the event that your refund is offset by the BFS, you will be sent a notice. Through this program, the tax refunds for those who have fallen behind on child support payments are also offset.

If you are having a hard time paying the spousal support you owe, it is crucial to carefully investigate your options. Whether you wish to modify the order due to a change in your financial position or want to set up a payment plan, it is critical to avoid the potential consequences associated with spousal support delinquency.

Please note that this write-up does not serve as a replacement for legal support and the material presented was written as general information.

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