I previously OVERPAID a tax bill by like $500. I sent the IRS my check ON TIME. However, I want to have someone look over my tax return to make sure i'm not paying too much. So although I paid the IRS the money on time, i did not mail my actual tax return on time. I've had it sitting here signed and ready to go. the problem is, it probably costs like $500 to have someone look at it and i've been waiting til i have some extra money to do it. I will admit the actual return is over a year late, but I just got a threatening letter from the IRS. They are telling me they're going to apply some witholding thing and I could possibly face ONE YEAR IN PRISON! Here is my question: can they even do this to me? They don't know if I owe them money or not, but I do know that they owe ME money. Do they have a right to apply some restriction on me and threaten me with jail?!!?!? Can I call them up and be like, "remove this withholding thing now, because i know i don't owe you money; in fact, you owe ME money." What really makes me angry is that I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY SOMEONE $500 TO CHECK MY TAX RETURN! AND ON TOP OF IT ALL......IF I WAS ON WELFARE, I WOULDN'T EVEN BE IN THIS POSITION! I AM VULNERABLE TO A PRISON SENTENCE BECAUSE I MADE MONEY!