Why Would IRS Keep My Refund?

Why would IRS take my refund?

The IRS believes in paying itself first, so if you owe back federal income taxes, interest, or penalties from previous years, the IRS can take your expected refund and apply it to the outstanding balance.

The IRS can seize federal income tax refunds under a program known as the Treasury Offset Program (TOP).

How long does it usually take for the IRS to review your taxes?

It can take up to six weeks for the IRS to receive and begin processing your return. In addition, a representative at the IRS must go through a paper return by hand, which extends the processing time from approximately 21 days to about eight weeks.

Why did I only get half my tax return?

If your tax refund is lower than TurboTax quoted, it may be caused by a refund offset. This is when the government applies part or all of a taxpayer’s refund towards the taxpayer’s past-due income tax, child or spousal support, student loans, or state unemployment compensation debts.

How long does the IRS take to review a return?

It can take up to six weeks for the IRS to receive and begin processing your return. In addition, a representative at the IRS must go through a paper return by hand, which extends the processing time from approximately 21 days to about eight weeks.

Why would I be getting mail from the IRS?

There are many reasons why the IRS may send a letter or notice. It typically is about a specific issue on your federal tax return or tax account. A notice may tell you about changes to your account or ask you for more information. It could also tell you that you must make a payment.