You might consider attaching a bank account - perhpas the one into which a tax refund would be directed, but you'll have some difficulty redirecting her refund directly. Unfortunately, when assets are non-existent, it's very difficult to collect a judgment.
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Collection is always the difficult part. I agree with counsel, you will not likely be able to force the IRS to send the money directly to you. You may, as counsel suggests, want to file a bank attachment to try and sweep the funds. You may also want to retain an attorney to help. Good luck.
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No. Unfortunately, you cannot garnish her tax refund(s). Only a government agency can do that. You can seize any money her a bank accounts but this must be done by court order. Other than that, there is not much you can do. Good luck!