Welcome to the Allen County Child Support Enforcement Agency
The Allen County CSEA is committed to serving the families in our community by providing quality child support services through establishing parentage, enforcing support orders and collecting and disbursing child support. Our goal is to ensure that families receive the financial support to which they are entitled.
All information contained herein pertains to your support order in Allen County only and is subject to change without notice.
Hours of Operation:
Mon., Teus., Wed., Fri. - 8:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday - 9:00am - 4:30pm
Allen County Child Support Enforcement Agency
200 W. Market Street
P.O. Box 1589
Lima, OH 45802-1589
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Absolutely NO tax information, which includes IRS or
ODT payments, will be discussed over the phone by
One of the CSEA’s enforcement techniques is the tax refund intercept program for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT) that is done through our statewide computer system (SETS). The Social Security Number of the Obligor is submitted to the IRS or ODT when they are arrears, even if there is an unpaid balance upon which the Court has ordered monthly payments. An Obligor’s tax refund may be intercepted even if he/she is currently paying in order to reduce arrears balance.
Your case must meet the following criteria:
- A valid court order or an administrative order for support is needed.
- Obligor must file and be eligible for a tax refund and not owe any other government agency.
- A verified social security number for the Obligor is necessary.
- An Application for Services signed by the Obligee is needed on file.
- State of Ohio tax returns are intercepted if there is at least $150.00 in arrears.
- Federal tax returns are intercepted on non-public assistance cases where the arrears are $500.00 or greater. (See the Public Assistance information sheet)
- Federal tax returns are intercepted for public assistance cases where the arrears are $150.00 or greater.
- Public assistance arrears get paid first before the Obligee on a Federal Tax return.
- An Obligee’s arrears are paid first on a State of Ohio tax return before public assistance arrears.
- The State of Ohio will not intercept refunds on cases that are spousal support only.
- Joint tax return refunds are held for six (6) months prior to being released.
- There is no age limit for the child if the money is due public assistance on State of Ohio and Federal tax intercept.
- Effective October 1, 2007, all tax returns are intercepted after the child turns 18 when arrears are due.