If you have certain kinds of debt, including federal and state back taxes, child support, and student loans, then the Bureau of the Fiscal Service (BFS) – part of the Department of Treasury – can use your tax refund to offset that debt.
Should your refund be used in this manner, then you will receive a letter from the BFS explaining how much of it was taken as payment. The IRS Tax Tip outlining this process contains other information related to these offsets.
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Source: Internal Revenue Service