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Introduction to Warrant Hold

The Comptroller is authorized to withhold payments to state payees and apply the payments to their debt.

  • State debt includes unpaid taxes, delinquent child support payments, student loan defaults, overpayment to a payee or other indebtedness to the state defined by law.
  • The debtor could be an individual, corporation, organization, governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, partnership, association or another legal debtor that may receive payment(s) from the state.

    Note: Payroll or annuity payments are only held for delinquent child support, although employee travel and lump sum payments are subject to any hold.

  • The Hold Source agency is the agency owed a state debt.
  • The paying agency is the agency making a payment to someone who owes a state debt.
  • The debtor does not need to be set up as a payee in TINS in order to be set up on hold. If the debtor becomes a state payee in the future, payments will be held in accordance with state law.
  • A debtor subject to warrant hold has all non-payroll warrants held, unless circumstances require that individual warrants be released.

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