Tax Topic 151: Appeal Your Rights Message From Where's My Refund

February 25, 2020 by David E. Du Val, EA
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What does tax topic 151 mean and it says take action?
 
John
 
 
John, 
 
​Tax Topic 151 means that you're getting a tax offset (less of or no refund), which is where the Department of Treasury will be taking your refund to pay for something that has been reported that you owe.

The most common reasons for getting a tax offset are unpaid taxes, unpaid child support payments, and offsets for federal student loans that are considered in default.
 
If you received Tax Topic 151 error code, the IRS generally will not help you. They will send you a letter that explains why you won't be getting your refund, or how much of the refund was taken. 
 
If your student loan is in default, you need to rehabilitate your student loan to stop having your tax refund taken.
 
Deductibly Yours,
Dave

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David E. Du Val, EA
Chief Compliance Officer for TRI Holdco

 

Dave Du Val, EA, is Chief Compliance Officer for TRI Holdco. Inc., the parent company of TaxAudit, and Centenal Tax Group. A nationally recognized speaker and educator, Dave is well known for his high energy and dynamic presentation style. He is a frequent and popular guest speaker for the California Society of Tax Consultants, the California Society of Enrolled Agents and the National Association of Tax Professionals. Dave frequently contributes tax tips and information to news publications, including US News and World Report, USA Today, and CPA Practice Advisor. Dave is an Enrolled Agent who has prepared thousands of returns during his career and has trained and mentored hundreds of tax professionals. He is a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, the National Association of Enrolled Agents and the California Society of Enrolled Agents. Dave also holds a Master of Arts in Education and has been educating people since 1972. 


 

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