Employer Payment Information

Payment Information

Under state and federal law employers are required to remit all California child support income withholding payments to the California State Disbursement Unit (SDU). This includes any child support payments the employer may be currently sending to individuals or to the local child support agency.

As an employer, if you are required to pay your tax or employment obligations to the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) or the Employment Development Department (EDD) using Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), then California law also requires you to make your child support income withholding payments by EFT. (CA Family Code section 17309.5).

Payment Options:

  • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) via Automated Clearing House (ACH) Credit – This service allows employers to instruct their financial institution to transmit child support payments and data.  Call 1-866-901-3212 for assistance with initial setup.
  • Online - Log in at - Use your debit/credit card or bank account information.
  • Phone - Call 1-866-901-3212 - Use your debit/credit card or bank account information.
  • Check - mail your payment to:
    State Disbursement Unit
    P.O. Box 989067
    West Sacramento, CA 95798

Need assistance or information on electronic payments? Call 1-866-901-3212.

Failure to Withhold

Employers who fail to withhold the amounts as specified on the IWO may be found liable for the full amount of the support owed, plus a fine.  Under certain circumstances, a willful failure to withhold is punishable by contempt of court. In addition, the court may order payment by electronic funds transfer from the employer’s bank account if the employer has willfully failed to withhold the required support.

In addition, an employer who fires, disciplines, or refuses to hire an employee based upon an income withholding may be assessed additional civil penalties.

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