How do you know if my refund will be offset?Last year
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replied 6 months ago.
Hi and welcome to our site!
The issue is that your refund is approved by the IRS - and that means - there is NO issues with your tax return.
However - not the IRS does offsets.
The Department of Treasury's Bureau of the Fiscal Service (BFS) issues IRS tax refunds and Congress authorizes BFS to conduct the Treasury Offset Program (TOP).
BFS will send you a notice if an offset occurs. The notice will reflect the original refund amount, your offset amount, the agency receiving the payment, and the address and telephone number of the agency. BFS will notify the IRS of the amount taken from your refund.
Sorry if you expected differently.
Generally - the IRS has no information about possible offset unless it actually occurs.
If you state refund was offset - that doesn't necessary means your federal refund will be offset - it may or may not be offset.
If offset occurs - not the full refund will be garnished - but only up to the amount you owe.
You should contact the agency shown on the notice if you believe you do not owe the debt or if you are disputing the amount taken from your refund.
Neither IRS nor BFS will be able to discuss your reasoning.
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