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For employers, it is not easy to determine the payment method to use when submitting child support payments. The decision can be determined by many factors, such as the size of the company, banking capabilities, or the number of employees for whom they are obligated to withhold.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) offers several payment options for employers to make their child support payments. The OAG continues to explore payment methods to make payment submission easier for employers.

Effective September 1, 2013, state law authorizes a payment processing surcharge of up to $25 on an employer with 50 or more employees for each payment made on behalf of an employee that is not made by electronic funds transfer (EFT) or electronic data exchange (EDI). [TFC § 158.203(d)(e)(f)] The surcharge may not be charged against the employee or taken from amounts withheld from the employee's wages.

The Legislature in this session added a payment processing surcharge to TFC § 158.203(b), which requires any employer with 50 or more employees to remit child support payments by EFT or EDI no later than the second business day after the pay date on which the funds were withheld.

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