Adopted

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Treasury Offset Program

Mr. Tarr moved that the bill be amended by inserting at the end thereof the following new section:-



“SECTION__Said chapter 151A of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after section 14P the following:-



Section 14Q. Treasury Offset Program. The commissioner may enter into an agreement with the Secretary of the Department of Treasury, under the provisions of 26 U.S.C. § 6402 (f) and 31 CFR § 285.8, to transmit valid, unpaid, and overdue unemployment compensation debts to the Financial Management Service, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, for collection by offset of Federal tax refund payments through the Treasury Offset Program. If the commissioner chooses to participate in the Treasury Offset Program to recover unemployment compensation debt, the commissioner shall adhere to all rules, policies, and guidance as required by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Labor in implementing and administering the program. The commissioner may promulgate such regulations as needed to implement this section.”



Moves to further amend the bill by inserting at the end thereof the following new section:-



“SECTION_. Section 15 of said chapter 151A of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after subsection (e), the following :-

(f) If an assessment, or any administrative decision upon review thereof has become final and the contributions, payments in lieu of contributions, interest, or penalties thereby assessed remain unpaid, the Director may refer the unpaid and overdue amount to the Secretary of the Department of Treasury for collection under the provisions of 26 U.S.C. § 6402 (f), the Treasury Offset Program, provided that all procedures for notice and opportunity to present evidence as required by 31 CFR § 285.8 have been followed.



Moves to further amend the bill by inserting at the end thereof the following new section:-

“SECTION_Section 69B of said chapter 151A of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting, at the end thereof, the following :-

(b) In addition to any other remedy provided by this chapter, the commissioner may request that the amount payable to the department by an individual resulting from an overpayment of unemployment benefits which has become final as specified in 430 CMR 6.12 be set off against any Federal tax refund payment owed such individual by the U.S. Department of Treasury, in accordance with the requirements of the Treasury Offset Program described in section 14Q of this chapter”