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stefen-cruthirds
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Owing the IRS from previous year

I previously owed the IRS for the tax year of 2015, and have agreed to make payments. Will the amount owed to the IRS be deducted before I receive my return, or am I responsible for paying once I receive return?
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xmasbaby0
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Owing the IRS from previous year

If you have an outstanding tax debt owed to the IRS, your refund will be seized up to the amount owed for back taxes.  You do not have to put anything about it on your return.  The iRS knows.

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xmasbaby0
Level 15

Owing the IRS from previous year

If you have an outstanding tax debt owed to the IRS, your refund will be seized up to the amount owed for back taxes.  You do not have to put anything about it on your return.  The iRS knows.

**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.**

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Escoluis3
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Owing the IRS from previous year

Does my tax refund go directly to what I owe from 2015 ? 

VictoriaD75
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Owing the IRS from previous year

Yes. Any refund received in subsequent tax years will be applied to any taxes owed from previous years. This will occur even if you are in an installment agreement, or payment plan, with the IRS. They are aware of the balance owed and will automatically apply any refund to the amount due.

 

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