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  • #6106 Reply

      I had an offset. How can I tell if they took the whole refund? This is the message on WMR:

      Your tax refund is scheduled to be issued on February 13, 2013. If you do not receive the refund by February 18, 2013, please contact us again. We are unable to take any action until then.

      Does that mean I am going to get part of my refund? I called the offset line and it does not tell me how much has been applied or if all of it has been applied. How will I know?


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      • #4248004 Reply

          Its going on 5 months and this is the message I keep seeing but keep getting the run around to get some help….

          Refund Status Results
          Your refund has been applied to a past due IRS tax obligation.

          Please read the following information related to your tax situation:
          Tax Topic 201 – The Collection Process

          If you have questions or need additional information, please have the following on hand when you call:
          A copy of this page.
          A copy of your tax return.
          The Social Security Number, Filing Status, and refund amount claimed on your return.

          Any notice that you have received concerning your refund.
          Please mention reference number 1091 to the IRS Customer Service Representative.
          IRS Hours of Service:
          Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
          1-800-829-0582, when asked for an extension, enter 382.

        • #4247409 Reply

            I applied for injured spouse for this year and the previous year. I received confirmation for this years reurn but it doesn’t include last years. Will they be separate? How will they notify me

          • #4185289 Reply
            Cara Cunningham

              I had offset for dept of children n families owed fs they giving it bak but paper check how long does that take

            • #4130685 Reply

                For hardships after a Department of Education offset
                Posted by Maryaifl
                @Stressed out: you can file a financial hardship request with the department of education.

                Form is here:

                After that, get the loans consolidated together under an income based repayment plan. You can also defer for economic hardship if you can prove it (if on food stamps or other assistance, you qualify)

                I know it’s scary to call them but they really aren’t that bad. They try to work with you. I’m dealing with an offset myself and they told about the form to get my refund back. They said it takes a few weeks after they receive it.

                Hope this helps.

              • #4130680 Reply

                  @Stressed out: hey, I know a bunch of people have replied, I just wanna offer my support. I’ve been there too. I only have two kids but I owe about 20k to the department of education and after I missed too many payments they came after me hard- even wage garnishment- and we were paycheck to paycheck before that! It was terrifying but I just did the footwork and now I’m back in good standing and am slowly chipping away at the loan. Call them. Have a notebook and pen handy cause there’s a lot to do. I had to mail in previous tax returns, pay checks, proof of rent/utilities/car payments, ect. Sign repayment and rehab contracts, the whole shebang. But once all was said and done I didn’t have to worry about wage garnishment or refund offsets and my money can go back to taking care of my babies. Good luck! You can do this!

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                  Requel Camp

                    I had an offset. wheres my refund said my refund was sent jan 30th. the next day i checked again and wheres my refund said they were taking my all of my refund but $289. my refund was supposed to be $6,766. The state took the remaining $289. my offset was child support which i am current on. also i checked on the student loan i owe and the amount owed for that was only $2,000. What do i do can I appeal this? Also when i checked on my student loan i owe there were all these extra charges from the IRS. they charged me for collecting the debt owed and all these other absurd charges ive never heard of! Can they do that? Ive been trying to contact the IRS about this but can never get anywhere?

                  • #4108302 Reply

                      I am wondering if anyone know after a refund is offset for childsupport how long does it take for it to be applied to the childsupport case ?

                    • #4108160 Reply
                      just me

                        I had an offset of 2280 but my refund was more than that. When I called it told me that my offset was applied to my delinquent account but I still have another check when should I get that

                      • #4102574 Reply

                          I have a cycle date 20150402 with codes 570,896,768 and 766 ,does this mean i was approved and will receive a refund?

                        • #4101578 Reply

                            My direct deposit is scheduled for today, and it is not in my bank account. I have always recieved my refund on date given. Here is what WMR says (please let me know what you think)

                            Your refund has been reduced to pay a past due IRS tax obligation.
                            The balance of your refund, $5,381.61, is scheduled to be sent to your bank by February 4, 2015. If your refund is not credited to your account by February 9, 2015, check with your bank to find out if it has been received.
                            Please wait until February 9, 2015 before you contact us again as we are unable to take any further action until then.

                          • #21214 Reply

                              An offset was applied to my refund for 3 years straight. They do take all of your tax return and will continue to take it until what you owe is paid in full unless the amount you’re expecting is more than your offset. If this is the case, good luck getting the remaining balance. Last year was my final payoff and I have yet to see the $350 I had coming. If you check with the “Where’s My Refund” site, even though it may say when you’re getting the refund, below the status paragraph you might see – “Please read the following information related to your tax situation: Tax Topic 203”- if so, your refund has been offset for the debt.

                            • #20696 Reply

                                I have an offset coming but when I looked at my transcripts, it says the entire amount will be refunded. No mention of an offset. Any chances I’m actually getting a refund?

                                • #20808 Reply

                                    Did you ever get an update or a refund?

                                • #20590 Reply

                                    So here’s my question… I have an offset , but when I check WMR it never told me I had one?? All my taxes have been taken and that’s ok , but why wasn’t I informed until I seen the teas 499 tax refund on my bank statement online

                                  • #7734 Reply

                                      you cant set up a payment plan, i did that last month and he gave me a 90 plan…but now they say they arnt allowed to cut a check if you owe them anything….. i got the debt from last year and they took exactly what i owed and gnna send the rest

                                    • #6350 Reply

                                        Thanks for all the responses. I checked again, it doesn’t say any amount. I guess they took the whole thing. Oh well. I don’t understand why it just didn’t say it was taking all of it. Why would it say my refund would be issued on 2/13 if there was no refund to issue???

                                      • #6268 Reply

                                          Well for me, my debt was paid last year. I don’t know why they took this money out of my refund. I have a record of it being paid, but I don’t know where I put it at the moment. Do you guys think I can get a record from my payroll department? Also, if I truly do have an offset, shouldn’t I have received some kind of letter and shouldn’t my debt be reflected on the offset hotline? It never was and still isn’t. It’s saying NO DEBTS.

                                        • #6234 Reply

                                            How long have you guys had this debt before they decided to take it out of your refunds? I wonder if we can call them and get some kind of payment plan going.

                                          • #6232 Reply

                                              I received a DD date today of 2/13 and it says I may have an offset but it does not say how much. It still shows my full refund amount being deposited. Does that mean they did not take anything?

                                              • #19816 Reply

                                                  Can you post what yours says?

                                              • #6227 Reply

                                                  @mrscallahan I am sorry that happened to you. Thanks for the Offset Hotline phone # 1-800-304-3107. I called and it didn’t say I had an offset but I wonder if maybe my husband does. Of course it said that could update daily so I have a another phone number to call and check daily.

                                                • #6217 Reply

                                                    BTW. . .I never got a letter and the offset line has NEVER said I had any debts. I’m really irritated. Has this ever happened to anyone else?

                                                  • #6216 Reply

                                                      I’m so angry right now. I FINALLY got a ddd of 2/13 this morning (filed 1/29; accepted 1/29), however when I checked WMR, my refund was reduced due to an offset. I had an offset last year that took my entire refund, and I still owed $200ish afterwards which the IRS quickly garnished my wages for (the full amount). I DON’T OWE THEM ANY MORE MONEY! What is wrong with these bafoons?

                                                      What do I do? HELP!

                                                    • #6189 Reply

                                                        Do they always take the whole amount you owe?

                                                      • #6180 Reply

                                                          I also had an offset. They FINALLY approved my taxes this morning. Gave me a dd of 2/13. It did however at the bottom state how much I was getting dd. The offset was taken out. Didn’t it give you an amount for your deposit? If it gave you less… then they took it off the top.

                                                        • #6178 Reply

                                                            It should be okay mine said the same thing I had an offset and my date was Feb 7. I recieved my refund on that date minus the money that I owed to the offset. Hope that helps.

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