One thing that can affect your IRS Refund Schedule in 2014 is a Refund Offset. If you owe money to any number of governmental agencies, your tax refund may be decreased in order to satisfy those debts. You may not even get your refund if you owe enough. Determining how your IRS tax refund is affected by non-tax debts takes the IRS processing centers more time, and therefore your IRS Refund Schedule will be extended.
What is the Tax Refund Offset Program?
If you have child support that you haven’t paid, the Department of Treasury’s Bureau of Fiscal Service will take your refund money to pay your past due child support. These federal agencies work together to get their money, and even if they don’t take your entire tax refund, they will certainly delay your own IRS Refund Schedule in 2014 while they figure things out.
The Treasury works with other federal agencies too, even ones that have nothing to do with taxes.
It doesn’t stop there. The Bureau of Fiscal Service works with certain state agencies as well. If you have past due bills with your state’s income tax bureau, your federal tax refund may be affected to pay that bill, too.
What to do if Your IRS Refund Schedule for 2014 is Affected by Unpaid Bills
If you suspect that your IRS Refund Schedule 2014 is delayed and extended because of past due bills with governmental agencies, simply call those agencies to find out. Ask if your past due bill was submitted to the BFS (Bureau of Fiscal Service) for a tax refund offset. You can also call BFS directly to find out. The BFS toll free number is:
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