Question

How do I find out why the IRS offset my federal refund?

Answer

The Bureau of Fiscal Services will send you a notice if there’s an offset. The offset notice will show these:

  • Original refund amount
  • Your refund offset amount
  • Agency receiving the payment
  • Address and telephone number of the agency

If you don’t get a notice, you’ll need to call:

  • Bureau of Fiscal Services at 800-304-3107
  • TDD at 866-297-0517

Contact the agency listed on the notice if:

  • You believe you don’t owe the debt.
  • You’re disputing the amount of money that has been taken from your refund.

Contact the IRS only if your original refund on the debt offset notice differs from the refund amount on your return.

Learn what to do if you can’t pay your taxes or if you get a notice about a tax return or account problem.

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