Revisions to the Income Withholding for Support Order

September 14, 2011

[Note: This entry posted on behalf of Cindy Holdren, Employer Services Team, Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement]

In May 2011, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement published the revised Office of Management and Budget (OMB)-approved Income Withholding for Support (IWO) form that must be used by courts and attorneys when directing employers to withhold payments for child support. Several major changes were made to the form and process. One change requires that the underlying child support order be attached to the IWO form if the order is issued by an entity other than a state/tribal child support agency or a court. A checkbox has been added to page two for the employer/income withholder to indicate that the IWO is being returned because it does not direct payments to the State Disbursement Unit (SDU) or it is not regular on its face. Another change will take place at the end of May 2012 when employers will begin returning income withholding orders that are not on the standard federal form.

Is it news to you that a standard form is used to withhold income for child support? If so, you may learn more about the form, instructions for its use, the legal basis for this requirement, and the different processes for new and existing IWOs in Action Transmittal 11-05.  You may also access the fillable IWO form on the OCSE website. Finally, atraining presentation is provided to assist in completing the form; a sample IWO form with numbers makes it easier to follow the instructions found in Action Transmittal 11-05 and in the training presentation.

One national employer already began returning orders that do not meet the criteria outlined in Action Transmittal 11-05, so please refer to the information provided in the links above for details regarding the new requirements. If you have questions, contact Cindy Holdren at (240) 676-2808 or

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