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I didn't receive my full federal refund

I received my money a week or so after I filed them but didn't get my full federal refund.
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I didn't receive my full federal refund

  • One possibility is that you used the Refund Processing Service to pay your TurboTax Online fees. If you did, your TurboTax fee plus the additional processing fee is deducted from your federal tax refund.
  • Another possibility is that your refund was reduced by the government, either to correct a calculation error or through a refund offset. You’ll get an explanatory letter from the government if your refund differs from what was on your filed return.

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  • Also, see question 14 from the IRS FAQs

https://www.irs.gov/Refunds/Tax-Season-Refund-Frequently-Asked-Questions

Q14: Why is my refund different than the amount reflected on the tax return I filed?

If you owe past-due federal tax, state income tax, state unemployment compensation debts, child support, spousal support, or certain federal nontax debts, such as student loans, all or part of your refund may be used (offset) to pay the past-due amount. Offsets for federal taxes are made by the IRS. All other offsets are made by the Treasury Department's Bureau of Fiscal Services (BFS). For federal tax offsets, you will receive a notice from the IRS. For all other offsets, you will receive a notice from BFS. To find out if you may have an offset or if you have any questions about it, contact the agency to which you owe the debt. See Tax Topic 203 for more information about refund offsets.

Another reason your refund amount may be different is if we made changes to your tax return that changed your refund amount. In this case you will get a notice in the mail from us explaining the changes. These reasons will be reflected in Where’s My Refund if they apply to your refund..

 


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I didn't receive my full federal refund

I used turbotax to file my taxes this year. It was a pretty simple file, but i paid for the service (not the free one). I owe no federal taxes, no state taxes, nothing in general. So why would the IRS short me $600?
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I didn't receive my full federal refund

You have to wait for the letter from the IRS that explains that. Could you have made a data entry mistake?
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I didn't receive my full federal refund

I understand that. It is dated for Sep 4, so i assume I have more time to wait. It says online that they made the changes to my refund. I triple checked it before I sent it and again twice since receiving the error in my refund. Unless turbo tax did something wrong, then there was no error. Since it is such a large amount, I am very worried about this.
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I didn't receive my full federal refund

TurboTax does not receive feedback from the IRS regarding money that was offset from your refund.  If you owed back taxes, child support, student loan debt, etc. you will receive a letter of explanation from the IRS in several weeks.  The WMR site will contain a message regarding your offset.
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I didn't receive my full federal refund

As I said in the original message, I owe absolutely nothing. I just want to know how turbo tax could vary so drastically from the IRS. I, also, mentioned I understood about the letter. I appreciate your help, but it's not what I'm looking for. If I owe absolutely nothing, what other reason could there be to offset my refund so much?
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I didn't receive my full federal refund

Did you receive any unemployment comp or a state tax refund?   Many states stopped sending out 1099-G forms for those, so taxpayers sometimes forget to claim them on their Federal returns.
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I didn't receive my full federal refund

Nope, not at all and Texas doesn't have state taxes.
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I didn't receive my full federal refund

Another possibility:  $600 in taxes equates to $4000 in income at a 15% tax rate.  Since $4,050 is the amount of a Personal Exemption, did you claim any dependents that the IRS might have disallowed? (In an earlier post, you mentioned stepchildren in Brazil.)  However, we are only guessing at this point, so please come back once you hear from the IRS.
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I didn't receive my full federal refund

I did. My son from Brazil lives with me. I have a social security number for him, but I did not claim my other stepchildren since they are still in Brazil. Maybe something about that is what happen then. Thank you
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I didn't receive my full federal refund

my full refund was $8,859 but I only got 1240 . what is going on. I don't owe any money neither students' loans. I claimed  my 2 independent kids and they are my siblings. do you think I willl get the rest ?
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I didn't receive my full federal refund

Same thing happened to us! Our refund is $11,963 and we only got $4800. Haven’t figured out why yet. I’ve called about whether we have debts or something it would go to and the automatic system said no. Really frustrated!!
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I didn't receive my full federal refund

Same thing happened to us! Our refund is $11,963 and we only got $4800. Haven’t figured out why yet. I’ve called about whether we have debts or something it would go to and the automatic system said no. Really frustrated!!
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I didn't receive my full federal refund

could this be tubotax faults or fraud ? i'm confused
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I didn't receive my full federal refund

@singabir  @crj.butterfly   The IRS will be sending you each a letter.  $11,963 is an extremely high refund, so it may not have been correct.