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02-15-2017 07:22 PM - edited 02-15-2017 07:25 PM
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02-16-2017 12:38 PM
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If your wife owes less than your refund amount for whatever her debt is then you will get the excess back as a tax refund once the payment on the debt has been processed. You do not need to file anything extra or special.
Senior Tax Advisor (Tampa, FL)
02-16-2017 05:28 PM
02-16-2017 10:32 PM
You're quite welcome.
Give it anywhere from two days to two weeks. This is the IRS we're talking about after all, and they will make sure the debt is settled first. I'm thinking they will issue your refund check to you fairly quickly once the debt is taken care of, but f you haven't seen a deposit of the amount in excess of the debt within a couple of weeks of the debt being paid then you'll want to call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to find out what's going on.
Use the IRS tracker "Where's My Refund?" to see when your refund is authorized and paid. It's going to be your most up-to-date source, although while the return is processing you may not see any change on it for up to a couple of weeks. Normal processing time for a tax return is 21 business days, sometimes less.