Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

 

 

Fees Paid by the Parent Getting Support

Annual $25 CP Fee

The $25 annual CP fee is used to pay back the state and the federal government for part of the cost of providing child support services. The federal government requires states to charge the fee, and it cannot be waived. Certain child support cases are not charged the fee, as outlined below.

Cases that are charged the annual $25 fee

  • The fee is charged each year, after October 1, when a child support case receives $500 or more in support for the year.
  • The fee will be taken out of the support payment before the payment is sent to the parent. Because of this you may notice that your regular payment is $25 less than it normally is.
  • In cases where another state is providing child support services, that other state charges and collects the annual fee.

Cases that are NOT charged the annual $25 fee

  • The fee is not charged to parents or guardians who currently receive or have ever received cash benefits from the W-2, SSI Caretaker Supplement, Kinship Care, or AFDC programs.
  • Tribal child support cases are not charged the fee.
  • Spousal-support-only cases are not charged the fee.

Tax Intercept Fee

If you receive a support payment from a tax refund, the fee is 10% of each collection over $10, and:

  • The fee will not be more than $25.
  • The fee is taken out of the intercepted tax refund payment before it is sent to the parent.
  • No fee is charged on any portion of the intercepted tax refund used to pay support owed to the state.
  • This fee cannot be waived.

Debit Card Fees

The bank that manages the child support debit card charges fees for some card services, such as using an out-of-network ATM, replacing a lost card, and having transactions denied.