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What's the purpose of tax refund ? Why they collect the tax if they refund them back?

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The refund is of one's over-payment.

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They collect the taxes based only on what you earn. The refund takes into account certain necessary expenses you may have that not everybody has. You file your return, explain about the necessary expenses and how much they were, verify them with receipts if necessary, then you get a refund based on those expenses.

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Thanks. Can you tell some examples of those expenses?
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Medical expenses, if you have a lot of prescriptions that aren't covered by insurance. You used to be able to claim the interest paid on a mortgage; not the whole payment since you are getting value in return for more of it, the house you are buying. But the interest paid. My total income now is VA and Social Security death benefits, and death benefits are not taxable, so I don't pay income tax any more and am not up to date of what changes may have been made. If you have a business and pay taxes on the income of the business, you can claim the expenses of running the business.
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