Monday, July 28, 2008

Child Support $25 Annual Fee

The United States Congress recently passed a law requiring a $25.00 annual fee for certain child support cases. When the state collects at least $500 in child support payments per year and the custodial parent has never received cash assistance, the fee will apply. This fee is apparently intended to cover some of the federal government’s costs of providing child support enforcement services. Pennsylvania began collecting the fee on July 28, 2008. Unfortunately for custodial parents (the parents receiving support), they will be responsible for the fee in Pennsylvania in the event that at least $2,000 of child support is collected. Additionally, the fee is charged for each child support case, so if you have more than one case, you will pay more than one fee.

5 comments:

tina72066 said...

Actually, this was passed in Bush's 2005 Budget Deficit Reduction Act.
Montgomery County State Representative Kate Harper fought to add an amendment that would have the state pick up the tab for all the children in PA who will be taxed annually. Unfortunately, the Department of Public Welfare lobbied hard and on May 13, 2008 the final vote was 116 yeas, 84 Nays to keep the Harper amendment out and leave SB1278 as was. We were fortunate to get the state to cover up to 2000, instead of the Federal government requirement of 500. It's a sad day when you start taxing children, especially when this money is for support of that child.
Tina Marshall
National Board of Trustees
Association for Children for the Enforcement of Support

tina72066 said...

By the way, I failed to mention Kate Harper is a Republican and most of the votes for and against the state picking up the $25.00 tab voted party lines. In other words, the Republicans were behind Kate in having the state pay, and the Democrats were against it. You can pull up who voted what at www.legis.state.pa.us.

Tina Marshall
National Board of Trustees
ACES

Pamela said...

As a hard working single mother, I was quite stunned when I received notification of the annual fee. What I find remarkable is that because I am the custodial parent, I am required to pay this fee, but more importantly, because I have never received any form of welfare or cash assistance. Can someone please explain the logic behind this law because I certainly fail to see it?

Anonymous said...

Are we now the single parents, paying for the government financial bailout? Are we also paying those on public assistance their benenfits as well? It seems to me it is another sad day in this country when single parnets(most who are struggling to make ends meet) are taking care of both ends of our country's financial spectrum.

Anonymous said...

Why would the government take food out of one child"s mouth to feed another? They ought to see the wrong in that picture.