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Subchapter 012 : Setoff Debt Collection(Cite as: 32 V.S.A. § 5941)
§ 5941. Procedure for setoff of court judgments
(a) The court shall include in any judgment a notice that any unpaid amount of a fine, penalty, surcharge, or fee, but not damages, may be certified to the Department for a setoff on the judgment debtor's income tax refund and property tax credit under chapter 154 of this title, and the notice shall explain how the judgment debtor may challenge the certification.
(b) Sections 5934(c) and 5936 of this title, relating to the procedure for contesting the debt, shall not apply to a court seeking setoff from a judgment debtor under this subchapter.
(c) Notwithstanding section 502 of this title, the Department may assess against the judgment debtor a collection assistance fee in an amount established pursuant to section 5938 of this title.
(d) If a judgment debtor identified by the court clerk is entitled to a refund, the Department shall retain the collection assistance fee and then transfer to the court in which the judgment was issued an amount equal to the refund owed or the amount unpaid, whichever is less.
(e) The Court Administrator may contract with one or more collection agencies to serve as a claimant agency on behalf of a court for purposes of this subchapter. (Added 2005, No. 167 (Adj. Sess.), § 5, eff. Sept. 1, 2006; amended 2007, No. 33, § 4, eff. May 18, 2007; 2009, No. 4, § 116, eff. April 24, 2009.)