March 15, 1999
IRS Receives a Golden Heart Award
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service has received a 1999
Golden Heart Award from the Association for Children for Enforcement
of Support (ACES). ACES is a non-profit, child support advocacy
The award was given for assisting children and their families
who were owed support by a parent who failed to make support
Through an agreement with the Department of Health and Human
Services, the IRS acted as a national collection agent for state
agencies in all child support cases. The IRS withheld all or part of
a delinquent parent's income tax refund and offset it against the
amount that parent owed for child support. The state agencies turned
the withheld refunds over to the custodial parent.
In Fiscal Year 1997, the IRS collected more than $1 billion in
unpaid child support. The IRS has collected more than $7.4 billion
since 1981, when the Congressionally-mandated program began.
Since January 1999, the Financial Management Service (FMS) has
administered the Tax Refund Offset Program. The Debt Collection Act
of 1996 authorized the FMS to combine this IRS program with the
Department of the Treasury's Offset Program.
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