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ISSUE DATE: 12/2014

The Treasury Offset Program (TOP) is a recovery system for intercepting federal income tax refunds, federal salaries, federal retirement, military salaries, federal contract payments, Black Lung Disease, RSDI, and Railroad Retirement to repay delinquent debts owed to federal government agencies.


No provisions for the cash portion. See SNAP provisions for the MFIP food portion.


No provisions.


To qualify for using TOP recovery, the claim must meet certain criteria. MAXIS will send a file of claims to the appropriate county contact people for review to make sure it meets the selection criteria.

After county contact people have reviewed the file of claims accounts, MAXIS will submit the file to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). FNS combines the files from all other participating states and submits them to the United States Treasury Department.

For MAXIS instructions on TOP, see TEMP Manual TE02.08.121 (Treasury Offset Program), TE02.08.123 (TOP 60-Day Notice).

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