New Law May Require You to Send Child Support Payments Electronically

by Frieda Ray | Nov 09, 2018

Employers of all sizes are valuable partners with the Department of Social and Health Services Division of Child Support (DCS). By reporting new hires, processing Income Withholding for Support orders (IWO), and sending payments to DCS, you help collect more than 65 percent of the nearly $700 million collected by DCS for families each year.

Certain employers must send child support payments electronically effective January 1 2019.

Under this new law, an employer or other business that has received an IWO from DCS requiring payments to the Washington State Support Registry must send payments through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

The new law applies to businesses that have:

  • 10 or more employees/contractors that receives an IWO or
  • fewer than 10 employees if the business receives more than one IWO or
  • if the business uses a payroll processing company or
  • if the business is required to file and pay taxes electronically to the Department of Revenue.

DCS is working hard to make this transition as easy as possible. Employers can pay online or choose from other electronic payment options. Employers are encouraged to switch to electronic payments early. In addition, the new law includes options for exemptions or a waiver for those who qualify. Employers also can call DCS Central Services EFT Customer Service at 800-468-7422 for assistance.

You can find updated information, and register for an upcoming webinar, the Basics of Child Support For Employers, at

Frieda Ray is Communications Chief, Division of Child Support, Economic Services Administration, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

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