What do I do if I didn’t get my stimulus check because my spouse owed child support?

By Christine Tran, 2020 Get It Back Campaign Intern

By law, stimulus checks can be reduced if someone owes child support. However, as the married spouse of someone who owes child support, you will still get your portion of the stimulus check. Unfortunately, in some cases, people do not receive their stimulus payment because the entire stimulus check goes to their spouse’s child support debt.

If you did not receive your stimulus check because it was used to pay your spouse’s past-due child support, the IRS states there is no action you need to take at this time. The IRS is aware and is correcting that error.

If you submitted Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation with a 2019 or 2018 tax return, the IRS mailed your stimulus payment in early-to-mid September.

If you submitted Form 8379, separate from your tax return, the IRS experienced a payment issuing error that it is working to resolve. The IRS will mail your stimulus payment as a paper check. You do not need to do anything.

If you did not file Form 8379, you don’t need to do anything. The IRS will automatically issue your payment at a later date (see question D2).

Want to check on the status of your payment? Use the IRS Get My Payment tool.


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