Tax Refund Offset Proposal to Further Compliance with Court Orders
Enacted: Oct 2003
WHEREAS, the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) recognizes that allowing court-ordered penalties, fines, fees and restitution surcharges to be willfully ignored diminishes public respect for the rule of law, and recognizes that it is in the interest of the courts that their orders be honored;
WHEREAS, significant dollars in court-imposed penalties, fines, fees and restitution surcharges are willfully ignored;
WHEREAS, a United States Treasury Offset Program allows for the Federal income tax refund interception of Federal tax dept, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) child support debt, Federal agency non-tax debt, non-TANF child support debt and State tax debt (other than child support);
WHEREAS, collection of debt through tax refund offset would be among the most accurate, least intrusive, least burdensome ways available to satisfy debt owed to State courts;
WHEREAS, collection of debt through a tax refund offset mechanism would contribute to public trust and confidence in the courts.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Probation and Parole Association support legislation to add conforming language to Federal statutes that will enable the States to intercept Federal tax refunds for legally enforceable orders that are willfully ignored.