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Today TaxMama hears from Cathy in New Jersey, who is very unhappy. “The IRS shorted my 2007 income tax refund.

The property I owned went into foreclosure and the bank repossessed it. The bank sold the property in June 2007 and I did owe taxes on the property. Can the IRS automatically garnish my 2007 refund without any notice?
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Dear Cathy,

IRS doesn’t garnish without any notice whatsoever. There’s notice out there somewhere – even if not from the IRS.
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Most people don’t realize that IRS handles collections for a variety of government services –

OR – was it a math error or other error on your return?

If you owed property taxes and never paid them – and the bank who repossessed your house never paid them, you would have gotten a bill from the tax assessor’s office. (Though, usually, in a repossession, the bank takes over and pays the property taxes. So I don’t think that’s why your IRS refund was grabbed.)

You should have gotten a letter from IRS explaining why your refund was reduced.

If not – call them and ask – 800-829-1040

And remember, you can find answers to all kinds of questions about garnishment and other tax issues, free. Where? Where else? At

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