A refund offset is when an IRS refund is
reduced or intercepted to pay off delinquent debt, such as past-due child
support, outstanding student loans, or unpaid state income tax.
You will receive a notice in the mail if an offset occurs. The notice will include the original tax refund amount and your offset amount. It will also include the agency receiving the offset payment and that agency’s contact information.
If you believe you do not owe the debt or you want to dispute the amount taken from your refund, you should contact the agency that received the offset amount.
If you have questions regarding the offset of your federal tax refund or offset of another U.S. government-issued payment, you can call the Treasury Offset Program (TOP) Call Center to obtain agency contact information during our customer service hours.
Have Questions about an Offset?
- Toll Free: 800-304-3107
- TDD number: 866-297-0517
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