What Will Prevent Me From Receiving My Tax Return Money?
When you file your taxes and are expecting a tax return there are a few scenarios that may prevent you from receiving all or part of your refund. If you owe any back taxes to the federal government your tax return can be held and applied to that balance. If you are behind or have defaulted on any federally backed student loans you may also forfeit your refund. On occasion, if you owe past due child support you could loose your refund, but this normally only applies to tax refunds from the state level. Only through a court order can a creditor place a lien against your federal tax return to pay a personal debt.
I File Joint And My Spouse Owes Money- Can I Get My Portion Of The Tax Return?
There are two ways for you to claim your portion of the tax return. First, if you know that your spouse is going to have their tax return seized by the government you should file married – filing separately. This will ensure that the tax return due to you will be issued. Second, if you were unaware that the money was going to be seized you can file a hardship claim with the government stating that you are not responsible for their debt and would like your portion of the refund payable to you.
Will My Tax Return Be Audited If I Decide To File Married- Filing Separately When I Filed Joint Last Year?
The government is not going to audit you because of your filing status, especially if they see that your spouse has a lien against their tax return. Many spouses file separately each year even if there is no debt involved. If you decide to make many changes to your filing status you may be red flagged, anyone would, but this is not necessarily bad. If you are honest in your reporting you have nothing to worry about.
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