06/94 Revised 04/03/17 Training Completed 04/14/17
Prior to October 1, 2009, when an applicant/custodial parent (CP) applied for IV-A cash assistance, s/he assigned all past-due, current, and future child support and spousal support to the state as reimbursement for the cash assistance issued. Effective October 1, 2009, the applicant/CP assigns only the current child support and spousal support due for the time-period s/he receives IV-A cash assistance. The Office of Recovery Services/Child Support Services (ORS/CSS) collects this reimbursement by retaining collections received on support that is assigned up to the life-to-date unreimbursed assistance (URA) amount.
URA is the balance of the life-to-date IV-A cash assistance issued to the CP for which the State has not yet been reimbursed through collections of assigned support. The ORS/CSS computer system (ORSIS) automatically calculates the URA.
The URA is calculated on ORSIS. When the URA is negative, CSS has not collected enough support to reimburse the State for the assistance issued to the CP. When the URA is positive, CSS has collected more in assigned support than has been issued to the CP in cash assistance.
EXAMPLE 1: The CP has two cases. Each case has one child. The CP received IV-A cash assistance for the
two children (two different non-custodial parents (NCP)). Between the two
cases, the two NCPs have paid a total of $2,500.00 child
support. This money has been applied to
the AFDC and TEMP debts, which has been retained by the state. The CP received a total of $3,500.00 in cash assistance. The URA amount is
$–1,000.00. This means that if CSS
collects and retains an additional $1,000.00, the state
will be reimbursed for the assistance issued to the family.
$2,500.00 Collections retained on AFDC and TEMP debts
-3,500.00 Subtract the life-to-date assistance issued to the CP
- 0.00 Subtract $50.00 disregards issued to the CP
-1,000.00 Equals URA balance
EXAMPLE 2: The CP has two cases. Each case has one child. The CP received IV-A cash assistance for the two children (two different NCP. Between the two cases, the two NCPs have paid a total of $$4,000.00 child support. This money has been applied to the AFDC and TEMP debts, which has been retained by the state. The CP received a total of $3,000.00 in assistance. The state has collected and retained more than the amount of cash assistance issued to the CP life-to-date and must pay the excess support of $1,000.00 to the CP.
$4,000.00 Collections retained on AFDC and TEMP debts
-3,000.00 Subtract the life-to date assistance issued to the CP
- 0.00 Subtract $50.00 disregards issued to the CP
+$1,000.00 Equals URA balance
Federal regulations found at 45 CFR 302.32(2(i) require that collections received by the IV-D agency that are in excess of the unreimbursed assistance amount be paid to the family within two calendar days of the end of the month in which the support was received by the State Disbursement Unit (ORS accounting).
Refunding URA Excess When the CP is Deceased
If the URA excess is positive, but the CP is deceased, the excess URA funds must still be refunded. Attempt to refund the URA excess to the individuals or agency in this order until the funds are refunded:
1. To the CP’s estate;
2. To the NCP on the case; or,
3. To the Unclaimed Property Division of the Utah State Treasurer.
Primary Individual (PI) Exceptions
Federal regulations do not allow you to pro-rate a benefit amount between the number of children within the family. However, when you have more than one family on the same grant, you can pro-rate between the multiple families. In very rare situations, the cash assistance benefits are issued to a “PI” that is not the CP on the case. If the criteria listed below are met, you may pro-rate the benefit amount based on the number of people included in the grant.
NOTE: You must manually adjust the benefit amount each month the exception exists. You must also write a detailed narrative to explain the action you have taken.
1. Two separate families are receiving one grant.
EXAMPLE: the CP’s boyfriend receives a grant of $600 for six people, including the boyfriend, his two children, your CP, and her two children. Pro-rate the amount of the cash assistance grant by the number of people on the grant. This process must occur manually each month.
2. Unemancipated minor is receiving grant with her parent as the PI.
EXAMPLE: a CP is receives a grant of $500 for five people, including the CP, two children, her unemancipated minor, and the unemancipated minor’s child. The unemancipated minor is a child on the case against her father and is also a CP on a case against her baby’s father. Pro-rate the grant and include $400 in the CP’s URA amount and $100 in the unemancipated minor’s URA amount to represent the portion of the grant for the unemancipated minor’s child.
3. Emancipated child is receiving grant with her parent as the PI.
EXAMPLE: a CP is receiving a grant for $600 for six people including the CP, her three minor children, her emancipated child, and her emancipated child’s baby (CP’s grandchild). The emancipated child is a CP on a case against her baby’s father. Pro-rate the grant and include $400 in the CP’s URA balance and $200 in the emancipated child’s URA balance to represent the emancipated child’s and her baby’s portions of the grant.