Did you file a joint tax return, and you both had W-2s? What probably happened is that you entered your W-2 and your spouse's W-2 as if they were for the same person, instead of one for you and one for your spouse. When you first start to enter a W-2 in a joint return, you have to indicate whose W-2 it is. The W-2 summary screen ("Here's your W-2 info") shows which one of you each W-2 was entered for. The program alerts you of the excess if this happened and asks you to verify that the W-2s are entered correctly. If you don't make the correction at that point then sadly the error is yours. See screen shot for what the warning screen looks like.
You both had Social Security tax withheld from your pay. The maximum Social Security withholding has to be calculated separately for each person. When you enter both W-2s as if they were for the same person, it makes it look like that person had too much Social Security tax withheld. The amount that appears to be excess Social Security tax goes on 1040 line 71. If you had entered each W-2 for the correct person, TurboTax would have seen that there was no excess Social Security tax, and it would not have put anything on line 71.
You received a refund of the excess Social Security tax shown on line 71 of your tax return. But because of the error entering the W-2s, it was not really excess and you were not entitled to that refund. So now you have to pay it back.
And you better check your 2015 return line 71 and see if it happened again. If you transferred from 2014 it would still be wrong. Then for next year 2016 better not transfer or delete all the w2s and enter them as new ones to keep the error from continuing.
Another possibility is making an error on the box 12 of the W-2 ... also a date entry error by the user which the program would not consider an error and would not flag ... check your box 12 on each actual W-2 form in your tax file: a code "A" or code "M" with a $$ amount may also affect your line 71 value.
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