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Can federal tax irs withhold refunds for child support. The

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Can federal tax irs withhold refunds for child support. The state was withheld
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Robin D. replied 3 months ago.

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Expert:  Robin D. replied 3 months ago.

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). Through the TOP program, BFS may reduce your refund (overpayment) and offset it to pay:

  • Past-due child support;
  • Federal agency non-tax debts;
  • State income tax obligations; or
  • Certain unemployment compensation debts owed to a state (Generally, these are debts for (1) compensation paid due to fraud, or (2) contributions owing to a state fund that were not paid).

States also have the authority to keep a state refund and apply it a child support debt.

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