Tax Refund Interception Bringing In Money For Child Support

State welfare officials say past due child support from a tax refund interception program may exceed the $21.6 million collected in 2001. So far this year, $19.4 million has been collected. There are about 325,000 child support cases in the state.

Alsee McDaniel of the Mississippi Department of Human Services says the increase in collections might be because parents who owe back support received larger tax refunds or more nonpaying parents have been located. To receive intercepted tax refunds for the tax year 2002, documents must be filed with DHS by September 15.

McDaniel says the tax program is free to all who receive cash welfare benefits or Medicaid through DHS. Other families must complete an application and pay a $25 fee.