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    Can my tax return be garnished?

    Asked Jan 11, 2010, 04:43 PM 2 Answers
    Apparently I could not read the font to complete the register verification, so I was not able to complete the registration process.

    My question is this: I was taken to court for an unpaid emergency room bill and there is now a judgement against me. Can they garnish my federal tax return for this bill?

    Last edited by ScottGem; Jan 11, 2010 at 05:18 PM.
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    Jan 11, 2010, 05:18 PM

    No, but once its deposited they can attach your bank account.
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    AtlantaTaxExpert Posts: 21,647, Reputation: 840
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    Jan 12, 2010, 08:57 AM

    Actually, if it is a valid debt, the tax refund CAN be attached by petitioning the federal courts.

    But it is so cumbersome that most bill collectors will not bother, as garnishing wages or attaching a bank account is MUCH simpler.

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