Don't spend your refund before it's actually in your account.
Even if your return shows Uncle Sam owes you money, you might not actually get it. Under certain circumstances, the government can seize part or all of your refund to put toward certain unpaid debts. During 2016, the Treasury Offset Program made more than 8.5 million such "offsets," to the tune of $6.65 billion — more than double what it collected a decade earlier.
These six delinquent debts could impact the size of your tax refund: