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Received over $1K less than return said I would

Hi there!

I have received nearly $1400 less than the math in my fed return said I would. Why has this happened, do you know? And what, if anything, is there to do about it? 
Is there a way for me to review the math done by the feds? Should they not provide a detailed examination of their findings to me in print in order to support their "decisions"?! 

Secondly, related to the Advanced Child Tax payment, what qualifies as a "main home" and why do I not qualify for this? 

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Level 15

Received over $1K less than return said I would

if your return is adjusted you will get a letter of explanation from the IRS in two or three weeks.

It will tell you how to dispute if you think they made a mistake.

Level 15

Received over $1K less than return said I would


Did you enter  ALL of the stimulus money that you had already received correctly in the recovery rebate credit section when you prepared your 2020 return?  The IRS cross checks and if you did not enter all of the money you received, they recalculate your refund.




There can be a number of reasons why your refund was less than the amount you expected. First of all, look carefully at your actual tax returns.  There is sometimes confusion about the amount of refund to expect when users misinterpret the “summary” they saw in TurboTax. The amount of your refund is on your tax return.  Federal refund is on line 34 on Form 1040  State tax forms are all different so we cannot tell you what line to look at on your state form.  BUT it is important to actually LOOK at your tax return forms yourself and see the amounts of your tax refunds and/or tax due.  A lot of confusion would be avoided by doing that.


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.  It is also possible that the IRS caught a mistake you made and reduced your refund. 


A possible reason for the reduction could be that the recovery rebate credit was completed incorrectly and you may have entered the amount of stimulus already received wrong, which could have reduced the refund you thought you were seeing.



 It is also possible that your state reduced your refund for debts owed in your state—if the state reduced your state refund you will receive a letter from the state.

 IRS Treasury Offset Program Call Center at 1-800-304-3107


Be aware also that your Federal refund and state refund do NOT come together.  Federal and state tax returns are processed by two completely separate entities.  There is no rule as to which one will come first,


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)

How can I see my TurboTax  fees?


Reduced Refund



 NOTE: You can contact the IRS Treasury Offset Program Call Center at 1-800-304-3107 to ask if they have an offset for you on file. TurboTax would not have that information.



Not sure where you are seeing the words "main home"   --   but if the child did not live with you for at least half the year you cannot get the child tax 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.**
Level 15

Received over $1K less than return said I would

The "home " question means you did not just come into the US. From Mexico, for example.

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