Refund

DEFINITION of 'Refund'

A payment from the government for an individual's overpaid taxes. An individual in this situation is said to be "over-withholding." Federal income tax refunds are not taxable.

BREAKING DOWN 'Refund'

A refund occurs when the government owes some of the taxes you paid throughout the year.

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