- Asked by robini1959
- TurboTax Free Edition
, CPATurboTax Product Support
Yes, I'm afraid that even though the federal government took your refund to pay your ex's back taxes, you must still include the refund in your income for this year. This is because the state taxes that were paid or withheld were deducted in the prior year and now you must add back the part that wasn't kept by the state for that year's state taxes.
You might consider adjusting your withholding so that you don't get any refunds. Try to adjust the withholding so that you end up with a zero balance when you file your return. This would mean that there isn't any refund for the government to take to apply to your ex's back taxes and it would mean that your paychecks would be larger each payday.
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