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IRS wants me to pay $2,600

The IRS instead of refunding $208 per electronically filed tax return wants me to PAY $2,600 by July 15.  I need your help to reply because the reason they gave confuses me and I don't understand.  


I need your help for a timely reply to my 2021 tax return.




Peter Doty

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IRS wants me to pay $2,600

Did they send you the generic message listing several possible reasons for the reduction in your refund/tax due?



TurboTax does not get any information from the IRS after you file your tax return, so no one at TT knows why your refund was less.

 Sometimes we can make an educated guess as to the reason for your reduced refund if you mention specific amounts--for example if your refund was short by $1400 per person---it is likely to be a mix up regarding the 3rd EIP payment.    If you received the 3rd stimulus check of $1400 per person in 2021 then you got letter 6475 from the IRS about it.   You needed to enter the amount you received.   If you already received that money then line 30 on your Form 1040 should have been blank.





  If it is short by $1800 or  $1500 or  a multiple of that amount  ---   maybe a mixup regarding the advance child tax credit payments. If you received monthly child tax credit payments of $250 or $300 per month between July and December of 2021, then you got letter 6419 from the IRS, and you were required to enter the amount of the advance payments.   Only the remaining amount of the CTC should have been on line 28 of your Form 1040.


The IRS knows how much they sent to you for the 3rd stimulus check and they know how much they sent for advance child tax credit payments.   If you answered something incorrectly on your tax return then the IRS made a correction that resulted in a reduced refund for you. 




 Or---the fees you were supposed to pay for using TurboTax + the "refund processing fee" charged by the third party bank….

Did you choose to have TT fees deducted from your Federal refund?  (Remember that if you did that, you also agreed to an extra refund processing fee of $39.99 or $44.99 in CA)

How can I see my TurboTax  fees?   



What is Refund Processing Service?



The IRS will send you a letter that explains why your refund was reduced.   Meanwhile it might help you to check your online IRS account.










If you need to trace a payment that the IRS says has been issued to you, mail or fax a completed IRS Form 3911, Taxpayer Statement Regarding Refund.




Updated IRS FAQ about recovery rebate credit




**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**

IRS wants me to pay $2,600

since the difference is about $2800, it's likely the Recovery Credit.


You were eligible for EITHER the 3rd stimulus or the Recovery Credit but not both.


Look at line 30, the calculation is simply the number of people listed on your tax return Times $1400 LESS what you received last year, but not less than zero.


Look at your bank account from last March - May, 2021 and look for the stimulus direct deposit..... is that what you entered into turbo tax during the interview process? I suspect what you find in your bank statements is not what you entered.....and THAT creates the problem.


if you are filing joint and received Letter 6475...note there were TWO letters - one for each spouse and the letters needed to be ADDED TOGETHER to get to the right entry in turno tax.



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