Received Tax refund check but wrong amount

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AOL

#1 Feb 9, 2010
I just received my tax refund check that i filed online with the IRS as i have done every year, The only problem is that I was only suppose to get $31.00 back, instead they sent me a check for $31,000.00 I have not said anything to anyone yet and don't know if I should. But I know this check is a mistake and they must have added a extra zero to it. I really can use the extra money, But will i get in trouble if i cash it and spend it? Will i have to pay it back if they find out? We are poor and lost our jobs and only collect food stamps now and do odds & ends to help pay the rent. Can anyone tell me what i should do?$31,000.00 would really help me out alot then $31.00 but i also might go to jail or have to pay it back.
IRS

Friendship, AR

#2 Feb 9, 2010
We found a mistake on your return.Cash the check,it is the correct refund amount.Next time doublecheck yourself before submitting your return.Have a good day.
Bio and Chem major

Trenton, NJ

#3 Feb 9, 2010
You will be in big trouble if you try to cash this check. The bank will also know this is the wrong amount based on your previous account activity. The jail time is not worth all this. I understand your situation and you need the money, but there are legal ways to earn money. You knowingly cashing this check is a crime. You will eventually have to pay the amount back. Don't take this the wrong way, but I never know people can get $31.00 for a refund check. I thought the minimum was like several hundreds. I wish I could help you. Maybe if you lived around here I would help you guys out. I could really use that $31,000 to pay for my tuition next semester instead of spending money out of daddy's pocket. LOL
Oh My

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#4 Feb 9, 2010
Bio and Chem major wrote:
You will be in big trouble if you try to cash this check. The bank will also know this is the wrong amount based on your previous account activity. The jail time is not worth all this. I understand your situation and you need the money, but there are legal ways to earn money. You knowingly cashing this check is a crime. You will eventually have to pay the amount back. Don't take this the wrong way, but I never know people can get $31.00 for a refund check. I thought the minimum was like several hundreds. I wish I could help you. Maybe if you lived around here I would help you guys out. I could really use that $31,000 to pay for my tuition next semester instead of spending money out of daddy's pocket. LOL
Hey, thanxs for the good advice, your right i suppose, and yes, people do get much less then $31.00 so i know my amount of $31.00 was correct even thou i got $31,000.00 Anyways, sounds like your a good person and i would love to meet your daddy, Is this possible?
Bio and Chem major

Trenton, NJ

#5 Feb 9, 2010
Oh My wrote:
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Hey, thanxs for the good advice, your right i suppose, and yes, people do get much less then $31.00 so i know my amount of $31.00 was correct even thou i got $31,000.00 Anyways, sounds like your a good person and i would love to meet your daddy, Is this possible?
You're welcome! Money is really tempting and makes people do evil things. Call the IRS and tell them the problem. Maybe they will give you some extra money for being honest. You never know and it's worth a try.:-) My parents just got their refund check back and they are both very very pleased and I was too! LOL! Sure, you can meet my daddy. He's a sweetheart and very supportive. But he's going on vacation out of country within the next few weeks so it might be another month before you can meet him. Sorry
Guest

Little Rock, AR

#6 Feb 9, 2010
Never, never, never, mess around with the IRS. Don't cause yourself a lot of problems.
sonictron

Little Rock, AR

#7 Feb 9, 2010
Let's say you decide to cash this check and spend it.The IRS will be at your door so fast you think jesus came back.Be a damn fool if you want to.Don't f---- with the IRS.
guest

Chesterfield, MO

#8 Feb 9, 2010
What to do now wrote:
I just received my tax refund check that i filed online with the IRS as i have done every year, The only problem is that I was only suppose to get $31.00 back, instead they sent me a check for $31,000.00 I have not said anything to anyone yet and don't know if I should. But I know this check is a mistake and they must have added a extra zero to it. I really can use the extra money, But will i get in trouble if i cash it and spend it? Will i have to pay it back if they find out? We are poor and lost our jobs and only collect food stamps now and do odds & ends to help pay the rent. Can anyone tell me what i should do?$31,000.00 would really help me out alot then $31.00 but i also might go to jail or have to pay it back.
Yeah and if you cash and spend they will want it back with interest and penalties. Call them.... quick
Freedom Lover

United States

#9 Feb 10, 2010
What to do now wrote:
I just received my tax refund check that i filed online with the IRS as i have done every year, The only problem is that I was only suppose to get $31.00 back, instead they sent me a check for $31,000.00 I have not said anything to anyone yet and don't know if I should. But I know this check is a mistake and they must have added a extra zero to it. I really can use the extra money, But will i get in trouble if i cash it and spend it? Will i have to pay it back if they find out? We are poor and lost our jobs and only collect food stamps now and do odds & ends to help pay the rent. Can anyone tell me what i should do?$31,000.00 would really help me out alot then $31.00 but i also might go to jail or have to pay it back.
You may have received an incorrect amount, but, I hardly believe the IRS turned a $31.00 (thirty one dollars) into a $31,000.00 dollar (thirty one THOUSAND dollars) refund. You won't even be able to find a place in this town who could cash that kind of money and a bank sure isn't going to do it unless you deposit it in to your account. If you're telling the truth and haven't exaggerated the amount, it sounds like a scam of some sort. Are you sure you didn't misread the amount?$310.00 would be a more believable mistake. I'm not convinced you're being honest.
guest

Sparkman, AR

#10 Feb 10, 2010
What to do now wrote:
I just received my tax refund check that i filed online with the IRS as i have done every year, The only problem is that I was only suppose to get $31.00 back, instead they sent me a check for $31,000.00 I have not said anything to anyone yet and don't know if I should. But I know this check is a mistake and they must have added a extra zero to it. I really can use the extra money, But will i get in trouble if i cash it and spend it? Will i have to pay it back if they find out? We are poor and lost our jobs and only collect food stamps now and do odds & ends to help pay the rent. Can anyone tell me what i should do?$31,000.00 would really help me out alot then $31.00 but i also might go to jail or have to pay it back.
I'm not sure you should be searching Topix for tax advice...
lightladyar

Little Rock, AR

#11 Feb 10, 2010
Actually, if you cash it and it is the real amount of 31,000.00 the irs can and will have you put in jail. i agree with the 310.00 most likely but they will want that back too. i know from experience.
Just called the IRS

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#12 Feb 10, 2010
I just called the IRS at 1-800-829-0582 and they told me they made changes to my refund and that i will receive a letter in a couple days stating why, they said the computer shows i was sent a check for $31,000.00 and not the $31.00 i was SUPPOSE to get back, she also said that the check is good and it is mine to cash anytime i want. I got her name and the date & time i called. I still think they made a mistake and just may hold off on cashing it till i get their letter explaining why the amount was changed. But i know for a fact i was to only get $31.00 back and not the $31,000.00 they sent me. I may wait untill Friday to cash it or just deposit it in my acct. then go shopping, we need it so badly, we are broke.
you better not

United States

#13 Feb 10, 2010
What to do now wrote:
I just received my tax refund check that i filed online with the IRS as i have done every year, The only problem is that I was only suppose to get $31.00 back, instead they sent me a check for $31,000.00 I have not said anything to anyone yet and don't know if I should. But I know this check is a mistake and they must have added a extra zero to it. I really can use the extra money, But will i get in trouble if i cash it and spend it? Will i have to pay it back if they find out? We are poor and lost our jobs and only collect food stamps now and do odds & ends to help pay the rent. Can anyone tell me what i should do?$31,000.00 would really help me out alot then $31.00 but i also might go to jail or have to pay it back.
If your are smart you will contact the IRS and tell them. If you cash it, it may take them a while, but they will figure it out, then they will want their money back along with interest. The IRS figures you know what you are suppose to get back and to get a 1000 times that should throw up a redflag. I got a check sent to me by accident for 12,000. I called and did everything i could to get it sent back to the IRS. They come with a vengance. You know you are not suppose to get that much and they will know you know it.
me man

Bono, AR

#14 Feb 10, 2010
you wont go to jail that is there screw up. the only thing that will possibly happen is you will owe it back next year, but if you need the money then do it. cause u gotta do what you gotta.
What to do now

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#15 Feb 11, 2010
I finally received the letter from the IRS and they explained that apparently someone had used my S.S. # on their W2 form when they were hired for a very good job and in doing so, i ended up getting their refund amount when i filed MY return using my S.S. # So i got their expected amount along with my expected amount of ($31.00) making my total tax return to be $31,000.00 The IRS said they did not know if it was fraud, intentionally using someone elses S.S. # when they got hired but regardless the check is now all mine to keep. What a wonderful ending, i hope the person uses my S.S. # again for next years return, maybe he is trying to hide from a collector or so and just happened to make up a S.S. # which turned out to be my number. Now i can pay all my bills off and donate some to the church and the mission.
Doubtful

Little Rock, AR

#16 Feb 11, 2010
What to do now wrote:
I finally received the letter from the IRS and they explained that apparently someone had used my S.S.# on their W2 form when they were hired for a very good job and in doing so, i ended up getting their refund amount when i filed MY return using my S.S.# So i got their expected amount along with my expected amount of ($31.00) making my total tax return to be $31,000.00 The IRS said they did not know if it was fraud, intentionally using someone elses S.S.# when they got hired but regardless the check is now all mine to keep. What a wonderful ending, i hope the person uses my S.S.# again for next years return, maybe he is trying to hide from a collector or so and just happened to make up a S.S.# which turned out to be my number. Now i can pay all my bills off and donate some to the church and the mission.
That sounds a little fishy. It would be illegal to use another person's social security number and the IRS would pursue that.
If nothing else, it would foul up a lot of records which would cost the government $ in trying to track it all down.
Stimulous

AOL

#17 Feb 11, 2010
This is why the Govt. is spending billions of dollars, to pursue such illegal doings and there are and has been so many records screwed/fouled up since the Govt. has existed. Us taxpayers always end up paying for all these problems. I believe this post and that this person was and still is a victim of identity theft, happens every minute of everyday. As long as this person is covered and can cash the check then so be it. How are you going to stop someone from using your social security number, especially when you don't even know it???? A newborn baby can get a credit card due to the fact the baby has a S.S. number and no past bad credit ratings. Think about it, You to may or may not be lucky....
illegal

United States

#18 Feb 11, 2010
It was probably an illegal immigrant using your SS#. They do that alot around here...They work and send money home to mexico.
Numbers Man

Benton, AR

#19 Feb 12, 2010
Same thing happened to me in 1999.I use the direct deposit and IRS gave me 8350.00 instead of 835.00.Me being a CPA ,I let it go to see what happens.In 2000,I listed it on my tax form as income to lessen my chances of being audited.I still have the money and plan to keep it.Be sure to claim it as income for 2010.Tell them you can~t read or write and sign the check with an X.Also tell them you donated it to Obama and the amount will balance out.and you wont owe anything.
guest

Little Rock, AR

#20 Feb 12, 2010
Numbers Man wrote:
Same thing happened to me in 1999.I use the direct deposit and IRS gave me 8350.00 instead of 835.00.Me being a CPA ,I let it go to see what happens.In 2000,I listed it on my tax form as income to lessen my chances of being audited.I still have the money and plan to keep it.Be sure to claim it as income for 2010.Tell them you can~t read or write and sign the check with an X.Also tell them you donated it to Obama and the amount will balance out.and you wont owe anything.
You have got to be joking? Those lies would backfire.

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