When you file your income taxes and it shows that you are owed a refund, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will get the money. There are certain situations where the IRS will keep your refund.
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-The IRS will keep your refund if you or your spouse owe federal or state taxes.
-If you or your spouse owe other debt, the IRS can keep your refund.
-The IRS can keep your refund if it thinks you made an error on your return.
You Owe Federal Or State Taxes
-One reason you may not receive a refund from the IRS is if you – or your spouse – owe back taxes. The IRS will keep the refund and apply it towards the past debt.
-If your spouse accumulated an IRS debt before you were married, the agency will still keep your joint refund to pay the past taxes he or she owes.