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South Carolina State Disbursement Unit Established

BY: APA Staff | 08/02/19

The South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) has been phasing in a new child support system that includes a state disbursement unit (SDU). The DSS has mailed redirection notices to over 70,000 employers. These notices direct employers to begin sending income withholding payments to the SDU, effective as of August 1, 2019. All states now have operational SDUs.

The DSS and Clerks of Court will complete the transition to a new statewide child support computer system on August 5, 2019. This includes the SDU for receipt and disbursement of all South Carolina child support and alimony payments. The DSS provides more information about the SDU and specific information for employers. Employers with questions may also call DSS Employer Services at 888-454-5294.

Electronic Income Withholding Orders (e-IWOs)

e-IWO is an efficient and cost-effective way to electronically exchange income withholding order information between child support agencies and employers. South Carolina is now live on e-IWO. This means that all states are now live on e-IWO.

For employers already using e-IWO, paper South Carolina orders should start to decrease as the e-IWOs come in. Employers that are interested in signing up for e-IWO can find more information on the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement website.

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