Government policy will change to benefit claims for back child support allowing states to seize one hundred percent of federal benefits from people who owe back child support.

States have historically have only been able to attach 65 percent of benefits from people who opted to be paid by paper check.  The Treasury Department recently modified its policy to electronically all benefits including Social Security, disability and veterans’ benefits.

A separate Treasury Department rule, in place since last May in a preliminary form, guarantees states the power to freeze the bank accounts of people who collect federal benefits and owe child support.  It is estimated that 275,000 recipients could be impacted.