TRIP is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). It allows state agencies, counties and municipalities to collect debts from taxpayers/customers who are due to receive state or federal income tax refunds. TRIP may be used by parking authorities to collect fees related to unpaid parking tickets, traffic forfeiture judgments and towing and storage fees.
When a customer files their federal or state income tax return and a refund is due, the parking authority may collect unpaid parking citations, court judgments or towing/storage fees due from the amount of the individual’s income tax refund(s).
The customer receives a Notice of Refund Offset from DOR explaining that their refund was applied to their debt. It also says that the authority may not get the money for a month or more. After the authority receives payment, the usual seven to 10 day period applies to remove the TVRP suspension and/or refusal.
For more information, call DOR’s Central Collections Section at (608) 266-7879, option 1.