How does it work? 

Federal law requires us to notify the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) when a child support case has accrued a child support debt. This means that if you have a child support debt when you file your tax return and you are eligible to receive an income tax return, your return could be sent from the IRS to the custodial parent – through the child support program. You can claim qualifying tax credits of up to $6,660, these tax credits can help increase your tax return and possibly help quickly reduce your child support debt.  

Are there any free tax preparation services? 

The IRS program, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offers free tax preparation services. To qualify for this program, you need to have been:   

  • employed during 2020, and   
  • had an income of up to $56,844.  

To learn more and to find a VITA site in your area, please visit   

Free tax preparation is not a service of the Child Support Division. Information provided by the Office of the Attorney General is in compliance with the Texas Family Code § 231.123.   

View the VITA poster here


For more information, visit the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) website.