The state manages your child support payments, which means it can assess extra charges onto the amount of money the court order says you must pay. According to Mass.gov, the law gives the Department of Revenue the ability to impose fees, interest and penalties on your child support account.

Since 1999, the DOR has had this right to add to your child support obligation if certain things occur. The DOR does not have the right to make you pay these extra fees without a legal basis.

Past due cases

The DOR will collect interest and penalties on your child support account if you are past due on a payment. It applies these fees monthly with a 0.5% rate for both. As you would expect, fees can add up quickly if the DOR applies them each month due to how they are done on a percentage basis instead of a flat fee. The more you owe, the more your fees will be.

Exceptions

The DOR will only impose the fines if you owe at least $501. If your back amount due is $500 or less, then you will not see any additional fees.

In addition, if you make the required minimum monthly payment, the DOR will not apply the fees. You can find your minimum amount in your child support order from the court. It will be the monthly total amount due. For example, if you pay each week, then you need to add each week together to get the minimum amount due that month.

The DOR also will not make you pay fees if you only use the agency to collect the support payments from your check. It also will not do so if your case is out of another state.