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MelLynch05
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If I am in bankruptcy and have a federal tax refund coming can the government keep my refund to pay a prior years federal tax debt?

i am in bankruptcy  - i owe taxes to the government for prior years taxes.  can the government keep all of the tax return money i should receive?

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Raph
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If I am in bankruptcy and have a federal tax refund coming can the government keep my refund to pay a prior years federal tax debt?

Yes they can. Take a look at https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2539782-what-is-a-refund-offset

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