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49.849(5r) (5r)Action or order to enforce recovery.
49.849(5r)(a)(a) If, after receipt of an affidavit under sub. (3), a person who possesses property of a decedent does not transmit the property to the department or timely request a hearing, the department may bring an action to enforce its right to collect amounts specified in sub. (2) (a) from the property or may issue an order to compel transmittal of the property. Any person aggrieved by an order issued by the department under this paragraph may appeal the order as a class 3 proceeding, as defined in s. 227.01 (3) (c), under ch. 227 by filing a request for appeal, within 30 days after the date of the order, with the division of hearings and appeals created under s. 15.103 (1). The date on which the division of hearings and appeals receives the request for appeal shall be the date of service. The only issue at the hearing shall be whether the person has transmitted the property to the department. The decision of the division of hearings and appeals shall be the final decision of the department.
49.849(5r)(b) (b) If any person named in an order to compel transmittal of property issued under par. (a) fails to transmit the property under the terms of the order and no contested case to review the order is pending and the time for filing for a contested case review has expired, the department may present a certified copy of the order to the circuit court for any county. The sworn statement of the secretary shall be evidence of the department's right to collect amounts specified in sub. (2) (a) from the property and of the person's failure to transmit the property to the department. The circuit court shall, without notice, render judgment in accordance with the order. A judgment rendered under this paragraph shall have the same effect and shall be entered in the judgment and lien docket and may be enforced in the same manner as if the judgment had been rendered in an action tried and determined by the circuit court.
49.849(5r)(c) (c) The recovery procedure under this subsection is in addition to any other recovery procedure authorized by law.
49.849(6) (6)Payments from recovered amounts.
49.849(6)(a)(a) From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (4) (im), with respect to funds collected by the department under sub. (2) related to medical assistance paid on behalf of the decedent or the decedent's spouse, the department shall pay claims under sub. (5), shall pay to the federal government from the amount recovered under this section and not paid out as claims under sub. (5) an amount equal to the amount of federal funds used to pay the benefits recovered under this section and shall spend the remainder of the amount recovered under this section for medical assistance benefits under subch. IV.
49.849(6)(b) (b) From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (7) (im), with respect to funds collected by the department under sub. (2) related to long-term community support services funded under s. 46.27 (7) paid on behalf of the decedent or the decedent's spouse, the department shall pay claims under sub. (5) and shall spend the remainder of the funds recovered under this section for long-term community support services funded under s. 46.27 (7).
49.849(7) (7)Rules for hardship waiver. The department shall promulgate rules establishing standards to determine whether the application of this section would work an undue hardship in individual cases. If the department determines that the application of this section would work an undue hardship in a particular case, the department shall waive the application of this section in that case.
49.849 History History: 2013 a. 20 ss. 1222, 2305, 2307, 2308, 2310 to 2312, 2314 to 2317; 2013 a. 92; 2013 a. 151 s. 28.
49.85 49.85 Certification of certain public assistance overpayments, payment recoveries, and delinquent loan repayments.
49.85(1)(1) Department notification requirement. If a county department under s. 46.215, 46.22, or 46.23 or a governing body of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band determines that the department of health services may recover an amount under s. 49.497, 49.793, or 49.847, or that the department of children and families may recover an amount under s. 49.161 or 49.195 (3) or collect an amount under s. 49.147 (6) (cm), the county department or governing body shall notify the affected department of the determination. If a Wisconsin Works agency determines that the department of children and families may recover an amount under s. 49.161 or 49.195 (3), or collect an amount under s. 49.147 (6) (cm), the Wisconsin Works agency shall notify the department of children and families of the determination.
49.85(2) (2)Department certification.
49.85(2)(a)(a) At least annually, the department of health services shall certify to the department of revenue the amounts that, based on the notifications received under sub. (1) and on other information received by the department of health services, the department of health services has determined that it may recover under s. 49.45 (2) (a) 10., 49.497, 49.793, 49.847, or 49.849, except that the department of health services may not certify an amount under this subsection unless all of the following apply:
49.85(2)(a)1. 1. The department has met the notice requirements under sub. (3).
49.85(2)(a)2. 2. The department's determination has either not been appealed or is no longer under appeal.
49.85(2)(a)3. 3. If the determination relates to recovery of an amount under s. 49.497, the determination was rendered to a judgment under s. 49.497 (1m) (b).
49.85(2)(a)4. 4. If the determination relates to recovery of an amount under s. 49.849, the determination was rendered to a judgment under s. 49.849 (5r) (b).
49.85(2)(b) (b) At least annually, the department of children and families shall certify to the department of revenue the amounts that, based on the notifications received under sub. (1) and on other information received by the department of children and families, the department of children and families has determined that it may recover under ss. 49.161 and 49.195 (3) and collect under s. 49.147 (6) (cm), except that the department of children and families may not certify an amount under this subsection unless it has met the notice requirements under sub. (3) and unless its determination has either not been appealed or is no longer under appeal.
49.85(3) (3)Notice requirements.
49.85(3)(a)(a) At least 30 days before certification of an amount, the department of health services shall send a notice to the last-known address of the person from whom that department intends to recover the amount. The notice shall do all of the following:
49.85(3)(a)1. 1. Inform the person that the department of health services intends to certify to the department of revenue an amount that the department of health services has determined to be due under s. 49.45 (2) (a) 10., 49.497, 49.793, 49.847, or 49.849, for setoff from any state tax refund that may be due the person.
49.85(3)(a)2. 2. Inform the person that he or she may appeal the determination of the department of health services to certify the amount by requesting a hearing under sub. (4) within 30 days after the date of the letter and inform the person of the manner in which he or she may request a hearing.
49.85(3)(a)3. 3. Inform the person that, if the determination of the department of health services is appealed, that department will not certify the amount to the department of revenue while the determination of the department of health services is under appeal.
49.85(3)(a)4. 4. Inform the person that, unless a contested case hearing is requested to appeal the determination of the department of health services, the person may be precluded from challenging any subsequent setoff of the certified amount by the department of revenue, except on the grounds that the certified amount has been partially or fully paid or otherwise discharged, since the date of the notice.
49.85(3)(a)5. 5. Request that the person inform the department of health services if a bankruptcy stay is in effect with respect to the person or if the claim has been discharged in bankruptcy.
49.85(3)(a)6. 6. Inform the person that the person may need to contact the department of revenue in order to protect the refunds of spouses who are not liable for the claim.
49.85(3)(b) (b) At least 30 days before certification of an amount, the department of children and families shall send a notice to the last-known address of the person from whom that department intends to recover or collect the amount. The notice shall do all of the following:
49.85(3)(b)1. 1. Inform the person that the department of children and families intends to certify to the department of revenue an amount that the department of children and families has determined to be due under s. 49.161 or 49.195 (3) or to be delinquent under a repayment agreement for a loan under s. 49.147 (6), for setoff from any state tax refund that may be due the person.
49.85(3)(b)2. 2. Inform the person that he or she may appeal the determination of the department of children and families to certify the amount by requesting a hearing under sub. (4) within 30 days after the date of the letter and inform the person of the manner in which he or she may request a hearing.
49.85(3)(b)3. 3. Inform the person that, if the determination of the department of children and families is appealed, that department will not certify the amount to the department of revenue while the determination of the department of children and families is under appeal.
49.85(3)(b)4. 4. Inform the person that, unless a contested case hearing is requested to appeal the determination of the department of children and families, the person may be precluded from challenging any subsequent setoff of the certified amount by the department of revenue, except on the grounds that the certified amount has been partially or fully paid or otherwise discharged, since the date of the notice.
49.85(3)(b)5. 5. Request that the person inform the department of children and families if a bankruptcy stay is in effect with respect to the person or if the claim has been discharged in bankruptcy.
49.85(3)(b)6. 6. Inform the person that the person may need to contact the department of revenue in order to protect the refunds of spouses who are not liable for the claim.
49.85(4) (4)Hearings.
49.85(4)(a)(a) If a person has requested a hearing under this subsection, the department of health services shall hold a contested case hearing under s. 227.44, except that the department of health services may limit the scope of the hearing to exclude issues that were presented at a prior hearing or that could have been presented at a prior opportunity for hearing.
49.85(4)(b) (b) If a person has requested a hearing under this subsection, the department of children and families shall hold a contested case hearing under s. 227.44, except that the department of children and families may limit the scope of the hearing to exclude issues that were presented at a prior hearing or that could have been presented at a prior opportunity for hearing.
49.85(5) (5)Effect of certification. Receipt of a certification by the department of revenue shall constitute a lien, equal to the amount certified, on any state tax refunds or credits owed to the obligor. The lien shall be foreclosed by the department of revenue as a setoff under s. 71.93. Certification of an amount under this section does not prohibit the department of health services or the department of children and families from attempting to recover or collect the amount through other legal means. The department of health services or the department of children and families shall promptly notify the department of revenue upon recovery or collection of any amount previously certified under this section.
49.85 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. DHS 2, Wis. adm. code.
49.852 49.852 Delinquent support payments; pension plans.
49.852(1c)(1c) In this section, "department" means the department of children and families.
49.852(1m) (1m) The department may direct the department of employee trust funds, the retirement system of any 1st class city, any retirement system established under chapter 201, laws of 1937, or the administrator of any other pension plan to withhold the amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b) from any lump sum payment from a pension plan that may be paid a delinquent support obligor, except that the department may not direct that an amount be withheld under this subsection unless it has met the notice requirements under sub. (2) and unless the amount specified has either not been appealed or is no longer under appeal under s. 49.854.
49.852(2) (2) The department shall send a notice to the last-known address of the person from whom the department intends to recover the amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b). The notice shall do all of the following:
49.852(2)(a) (a) Inform the person that the department of employee trust funds, the retirement system of any 1st class city, any retirement system established under chapter 201, laws of 1937, or the administrator of any other pension plan, whichever is appropriate, shall withhold the amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b) from any lump sum payment from a pension plan that may be paid the person.
49.852(2)(b) (b) Inform the person that he or she may, within 20 business days after the date of the notice, request a court hearing on the issue of whether the person owes the amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b). The request shall be in writing and the person shall mail or deliver a copy of the request to the county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5).
49.852(2)(c) (c) Request that the person inform the department or the appropriate county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5) if a bankruptcy stay is in effect with respect to the person.
49.852(3) (3) If a person has requested a hearing pursuant to sub. (2) (b), the hearing shall be conducted before the circuit court that rendered the initial order to pay support. The court shall schedule a hearing within 10 business days after receiving a request for a hearing. A circuit court commissioner may conduct the hearing. If the court determines that the person owes the amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b), the department may direct the department of employee trust funds, the retirement system of any 1st class city, any retirement system established under chapter 201, laws of 1937, or the administrator of any other pension plan, whichever is appropriate, to withhold the amount from any lump sum payment from a pension plan that may be paid the person. If the court determines that the person does not owe the amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b), the department may not direct the department of employee trust funds, the retirement system of any 1st class city, any retirement system established under chapter 201, laws of 1937, or the administrator of any other pension plan, whichever is appropriate, to withhold the amount from any lump sum payment from a pension plan that may be paid the person.
49.852(4) (4)
49.852(4)(a)(a) If the department directs the department of employee trust funds, the retirement system of any 1st class city, any retirement system established under chapter 201, laws of 1937, or the administrator of any other pension plan to withhold the amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b), this directive shall constitute a lien, equal to the amount specified in the statewide support lien docket, on any lump sum payment from a pension plan that may be paid the person.
49.852(4)(b) (b) If the department directs the department of employee trust funds, the retirement system of any 1st class city, any retirement system established under chapter 201, laws of 1937, or the administrator of any other pension plan to withhold the amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b), the department of employee trust funds, the retirement system of any 1st class city, any retirement system established under chapter 201, laws of 1937, or the administrator of any other pension plan shall deduct from any lump sum payment that may be paid the person the amount specified in the statewide support lien docket, less any amount specified under par. (d). If the amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b), less any amount specified under par. (d), exceeds the lump sum payment, the department of employee trust funds, the retirement system of any 1st class city, any retirement system established under chapter 201, laws of 1937, or the administrator of any other pension plan shall deduct the entire lump sum payment, less any withholdings otherwise required by law. The amount deducted under this paragraph shall be remitted to the department.
49.852(4)(c) (c) A directive to the department of employee trust funds, the retirement system of any 1st class city, any retirement system established under chapter 201, laws of 1937, or the administrator of any other pension plan to withhold the amount specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b) under this section does not prohibit the department from attempting to recover the amount through other legal means.
49.852(4)(d) (d) The department shall promptly notify the department of employee trust funds, the retirement system of any 1st class city, any retirement system established under chapter 201, laws of 1937, or the administrator of any other pension plan upon recovery of any amount previously specified in the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b).
49.852 History History: 1997 a. 191; 2001 a. 61; 2007 a. 20.
49.853 49.853 Financial record matching program.
49.853(1) (1) Definitions. In this section:
49.853(1)(a) (a) "Account" means a demand deposit account, checking or negotiable withdrawal order account, savings account, time deposit account or money market mutual fund account.
49.853(1)(am) (am) "County child support agency" means the county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5).
49.853(1)(b) (b) "Department" means the department of children and families.
49.853(1)(c) (c) "Financial institution" means any of the following:
49.853(1)(c)1. 1. A depository institution, as defined in 12 USC 1813 (c).
49.853(1)(c)2. 2. An institution-affiliated party, as defined in 12 USC 1813 (u), of a depository institution under subd. 1.
49.853(1)(c)3. 3. A federal credit union or state credit union, as defined in 12 USC 1752.
49.853(1)(c)4. 4. An institution-affiliated party, as defined in 12 USC 1786 (r), of a credit union under subd. 3.
49.853(1)(c)5. 5. A benefit association, insurance company, safe deposit company, money market mutual fund or similar entity authorized to do business in this state.
49.853(1)(c)6. 6. A broker-dealer, as defined in s. 551.102 (4).
49.853(1)(d) (d) "Obligor" has the meaning given in s. 49.854 (1) (d).
49.853(1)(dm) (dm) "Ownership interest" has the meaning specified by the department by rule.
49.853(1)(e) (e) "Support" has the meaning given in s. 49.854 (1) (f).
49.853(2) (2)Financial record matching program and agreements. The department shall operate a financial record matching program under this section. The department shall promulgate rules specifying procedures under which the department shall enter into agreements with financial institutions doing business in this state to operate the financial record matching program under this section. The agreement shall require the financial institution to participate in the financial record matching program under this section by electing either the financial institution matching option under sub. (3) or the state matching option under sub. (4). The department shall reimburse a financial institution up to $125 per quarter for participating in the financial record matching program under this section.
49.853(3) (3)Financial institution matching option.
49.853(3)(a)(a) If a financial institution with which the department has an agreement under sub. (2) elects to use the financial institution matching option under this subsection, the department shall provide a financial institution with information regarding delinquent obligors. The information shall be provided at least once each calendar quarter and shall include the obligor's name and social security number. The information shall be provided to the financial institution in the manner specified by rule or by agreement. To the extent feasible, the information required under this paragraph shall be provided to the financial institution by an automated data exchange.
49.853(3)(b) (b) Each financial institution receiving information under par. (a) shall take actions necessary to determine whether any obligor has an ownership interest in an account maintained at the financial institution. If the financial institution determines that an obligor has an ownership interest in an account at the financial institution, the financial institution shall provide the department with a notice containing the obligor's name, address of record, social security number or other taxpayer identification number, and account information. The information regarding the obligor's account shall include the account number, the account type, the nature of the obligor's ownership interest in the account, and the balance of the account at the time that the record match is made. The notice under this paragraph shall be provided in the manner specified by rule or agreement. To the extent feasible, the notice required under this paragraph shall be provided to the department by an automated data exchange.
49.853(3)(c) (c) The financial institution participating in the financial institution matching option under this subsection, and the employees, agents, officers and directors of the financial institution, may use the information provided by the department under par. (a) only for the purpose of matching records under par. (b). Neither the financial institution nor any employee, agent, officer or director of the financial institution may disclose or retain information provided under par. (a) concerning obligors who do not have an interest in an account maintained at the financial institution. Any person who violates this paragraph may be fined not less than $25 nor more than $500 or imprisoned in the county jail for not less than 10 days nor more than one year or both.
49.853(4) (4)State matching option.
49.853(4)(a)(a) If a financial institution with which the department has an agreement under sub. (2) elects to use the state matching option under this subsection, the financial institution shall provide the department with information concerning all accounts maintained at the financial institution at least once each calendar quarter. For each account maintained at the financial institution, the financial institution shall notify the department of the name and social security number or other tax identification number of each person having an ownership interest in the account, together with a description of each person's interest. The information required under this paragraph shall be provided in the manner specified by rule or agreement. To the extent feasible, the notice required under this paragraph shall be provided to the department by an automated data exchange.
49.853(4)(b) (b) The department shall take actions necessary to determine whether any obligor has an ownership interest in an account maintained at a financial institution providing information under par. (a). Upon the request of the department, the financial institution shall provide the department, for each obligor who matches information provided by the financial institution under par. (a), the obligor's address of record, the obligor's account number and account type and the balance of the account.
49.853(4)(c) (c) The department may use the information provided by a financial institution under pars. (a) and (b) only for the purpose of matching records under par. (b). The department may not disclose or retain information received under pars. (a) and (b) concerning account holders who are not delinquent obligors.
49.853(4)(d) (d) A financial institution participating in the state matching option under this subsection, and the employees, agents, officers and directors of the financial institution, may use any information that is provided by the department in requesting additional information under par. (b) only for the purpose of administering s. 49.22 or for the purpose of providing the additional information. Any person who violates this paragraph may be fined not less than $25 nor more than $500 or imprisoned in the county jail for not less than 10 days nor more than one year or both.
49.853(5) (5)Delegation. The department may delegate any powers and duties given to the department under this section to county child support agencies. The department may require financial institutions to provide county child support agencies with any notices that are required under this section to be provided to the department.
49.853 History History: 1997 a. 191; 2001 a. 16; 2007 a. 20, 196.
49.853 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. DCF 152, Wis. adm. code.
49.854 49.854 Liens against property for delinquent support payments.
49.854(1)(1) Definitions. In this section:
49.854(1)(a) (a) "Department" means the department of children and families.
49.854(1)(b) (b) "County child support agency" means the county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5).
49.854(1)(c) (c) "Levy" means all powers of distraint and seizure.
49.854(1)(d) (d) "Obligor" means a person who is obligated to pay court-ordered support.
49.854(1)(e) (e) "Property" includes accounts at financial institutions, personal property and real property, tangible and intangible property and rights to property, but is limited to property and rights of the obligor to property existing at the time of levy.
49.854(1)(f) (f) "Support" means any of the following:
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before June 30, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-14)