Child Support To Go Paperless, Government Clusterf*ck Expected
Deadbeat dads beware, if you owe, it can be taken out of your bank account
The U.S. government is trying to save and make as much money as it can in these hard economic times. Their latest idea is to eliminate mailing paper checks to pay federal benefits.
Starting next March, the U.S. Treasury Department will start paying benefits electronically. This new process will also allow them to freeze the bank accounts of people who owe child support. It will especially effect those who are unable to pay child support because they cannot work because they are disabled. Many people relied on receiving paper checks to safegaurd part of their income, but not anymore.
But get this, the way this new initiative is written, it will allow the government to collect on back child support, no matter how old said child is. So, in essence Uncle Sam will be raiding bank accounts looking for money that was supposed to be ear marked for a grown ass man who was 14 back in the 1982.
The Huffington Post reports:
In many cases, the bills are decades old and the children long grown. Much of the money owed is interest and fees that add up when men are unable to pay because they are disabled, institutionalized or imprisoned.
Most of the money will go to governments, not to the children of the men with child support debts, independent analyses show. States are allowed to keep child support money as repayment for welfare previously provided for those children.
In some instances, the grown children are supporting their fathers.
The rule change illustrates how a politically desirable goal like cracking down on so-called deadbeat dads can have complicated, even counterproductive, effects in practice.
Guess the baby daddies out there are going to have to get about their C.R.E.A.M.