Federal program helps Va. collect $54 million in debts

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A federal program has helped Virginia collect more than $54 million in delinquent debts. A report released Thursday shows Virginia’s collections for fiscal 2014 included about $42 million in child support obligations and about $10 million in  state income taxes. Virginia collected the debts through the Treasury Offset Program. Overall, the report shows states collected more than $3 billion in delinquent debts through the program in fiscal 2014. States submit debts to the program. It’s then used to intercept eligible federal and state payments to the debtors. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service, which released the annual report.

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