Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 290-7-1-.05 - Fees and Collection Procedures

Current through Rules and Regulations filed through April 4, 2022

(a) Application Fees: all persons applying for services from the Department are required to pay a $25 application fee, or other amount as federally required, unless the applicant is currently receiving TANF or some other form of public assistance.
(b) FSR Fees: The Department controls the "family support registry," a central registry which operates on behalf of the department to receive, process, disburse, and maintain a record of all child support payments paid to the Department or paid pursuant to an income deduction order.
(1) The Department shall collect a fee of up to $30.00 for processing of insufficient funds checks.
(2) The Department shall collect an administrative fee of up to $2.00 per payment or 5 percent of each payment, whichever is the lesser.
(c) DRA Fees: The Department is required by the federal Deficit Reduction Act and state law to collect an annual fee from obligors. Such fee shall only apply to the obligor when no individual in the case has received assistance under a State TANF program, former State AFDC program and Tribal TANF program of the federal Social Security Act. The annual fee is $35.00 for each case. The Department shall retain and collect this fee through income withholding or any other enforcement remedy available to the Department.
(d) Other Fees
(1) For any person not currently receiving TANF or Family Medicaid assistance, or whose gross monthly income is not less than an amount determined by the Department and set by policy based upon the current minimum wage, a non-refundable fee of up to $100.00 is required for review and modification pursuant to code section 19-11-12, payable upon completion of the review process, except in cases proceeding under UIFSA.
(2) A fee of $25.00 shall be retained and deducted from any intercept of federal tax refunds, as required by federal law.
(3) A fee of $12.00 shall be retained and deducted from any intercept of state tax refunds.
(4) Genetic testing will often be utilized as required by law to establish a putative parent's biological relationship to a child. The genetic testing fee will be based on the contracted rate at the time the test is administered. If the putative obligor is confirmed as a parent and paternity is established, the obligor is responsible for paying the genetic testing fee at the time the court or administrative tribunal enters an order. If the putative father is excluded as a possible parent then the person who named the putative father shall be liable to the department for reimbursement of the paternity testing fee.
(5) The Department shall charge a fee of up to $10.00 for each certification regarding entries on the putative father registry (see O.C.G.A. § 19-11-9(f)).
(e) An applicant for services from the Department is not permitted to close his/her case if any fees required by this Rule remain unpaid.
(f) An applicant for services who closes his/her case after a civil action has been initiated by the Department shall be responsible for reimbursing the Department for any court costs or service fees arising from said civil action for which the Department was required by law to pay.
(g) In any enforcement proceeding brought by the Department, should it prevail, the court may award the Department its reasonable attorney's fees and actual court costs.
(h) In the collection of overdue fees, the Department may utilize any collection mechanism existing within Title 19 of the Georgia Code, from either the obligee or the obligor. The Department is authorized to add an amount to any order for income withholding as needed to offset the total amount of fees owed under this Rule.
(i) In compliance with O.C.G.A. § 50-16-18, the Department has limited authority to "write off" any fees otherwise due under this Rule and zero out a fee account if, upon review by accounting personnel or by counsel, and subsequent certification by the Commissioner, the Department concludes that the account receivable is no more than $100 and that the account is uncollectible or that the cost of collecting on the fee account would likely equal or exceed the fee amount owed.
(j) Any person aggrieved by an effort of the Department to collect a fee under this Rule shall be entitled to an administrative hearing. An administrative hearing and any appeal therefrom under this Rule shall be in accordance with the procedures set forth at Rule 290-7-1-.19.

Notes

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 290-7-1-.05
O.C.G.A. §§ 19-6-33.1, 19-7-43, 19-11-6, 19-11-9.3, 19-11-12, 50-16-18.
Original Rule entitled "Redetermination at the Request of AP" adopted. F. Oct. 17, 1991; eff. Nov. 6, 1991. Repealed: New Rule entitled "Fees and Collection Procedures" adopted. F. June 15, 2011; eff. July 5, 2011. Amended: F. Dec. 17, 2015; eff. Jan. 6, 2016. Amended: F. Feb. 23, 2018; eff. Mar. 15, 2018. Amended: F. May 25, 2018; eff. June 14, 2018. Amended: F. Sep. 11, 2018; eff. Oct. 1, 2018.

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