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Why did I get a refund check in the mail from us treasury I paid and approved?

Did you enter any 1099R?  If 1040 line 4a is a lot less than 4b (which should be ok) the IRS has been lowering the taxable amount on 4b and refunding you.  But then they will eventually want it back.

Did you make estimated payments and forget to enter them?
If you made estimated payments see if they are on line 17.  Sometimes they end up line 16 with witholding.  If that is the case the IRS will eventually see line 16 is wrong and ask for it back.

Why did I get a refund check in the mail from us treasury I paid and approved?

Or did you select direct deposit for a refund, but the IRS sent a refund check anyway?

If so, the IRS says in their FAQs that there are three possible reasons. They are as follows:

    The IRS can only deposit refunds electronically into accounts in your own name, your spouse's name, or in a joint account.
    A financial institution may reject a direct deposit and send it back to the IRS.
    The IRS can’t deposit more than three electronic refunds into a single financial account.
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Why did I get a refund check in the mail from us treasury I paid and approved?

if you made payment but the irs sent a refund first check to see the year it's for. if its for 2018, then you made some sort of mistake on your return that resulted in overpaying your taxes. hopefully the IRS will send a letter explaining the changes

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