COVID-19 extension of tax intercept suspension

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has extended suspension of state tax intercepts for collection of CalWORKs overpayments and CalFresh overissuances until the end of 2020.

The Food and Nutrition Service extended suspension of submission of CalFresh debts to the Treasury Offset Program for federal tax intercept of CalFresh overpayments until August 6, 2020.  California can ask for another 30-day extension.

Refund requests for federal or state tax intercepts that occurred after March 1, 2020 are not mandatory but may be approved on a case-by-case basis following a request from any individual in the former CalWORKs or CalFresh household who has been impacted by COVID-19.  Any refunded debts will remain outstanding and will be collected when CDSS resumes tax intercepts.  (ACWDL, July 30, 2020.)