If I owe money to the government, will my government stimulus payment be taken to pay that debt?


For the most part, if you owe the government money for debts like back taxes or vehicle violations, your stimulus payment will not be used to pay it off; but there is at least one case in which it will.

People who owe child support through their state’s Family Court system, will have their stimulus payment reduced by the amount that they owe.

Affordable Housing Online is not currently aware of any other situations in which this would occur.



More Coronavirus FAQs from Low Income Households

  • Do I have to do anything if I’m on a rental subsidy program and become unemployed or lose hours from coronavirus?
  • Are housing authorities still open during the coronavirus outbreak?
  • Can I be evicted if I can't pay rent because of coronavirus?
  • Are there coronavirus assistance programs for landlords?
  • Do I have to pay all of my back rent when the CDC moratorium ends?