The Treasury Offset Program (TOP) is administered by the United States Department of Treasury’s Financial Management Service (FMS). It allows federal and state government agencies to collect outstanding debts owed to them by garnishing, or offsetting, your debt with your tax refund. Who Can Garnish an Income Tax Refund?
If the government or state made a correction to your tax return, resulting in a lower than anticipated refund, you'll get an official explanatory letter when this happens.
Please see the TurboTax FAQ below, for reasons your refund may have been less than expected: Why is my direct-deposited refund or check lower than the amount in TurboTax?
You can go to this link Topic No. 203 Reduced Refund there is a phone number you can call to see if there was a refund offset.
If this is putting you into financial hardship, please see this link: Taxpayer Advocate Service
... View more