The Department of Treasury's Financial Management Service (FMS), which issues IRS tax refunds, has been authorized by Congress to conduct the Treasury Offset Program. Through this program, your refund or overpayment may be reduced by FMS and offset to pay:
-Past-due child support
-Federal agency non-tax debts
-State income tax obligations, or
-Certain unemployment compensation debts owed a state. (Generally these are debts for compensation that was paid due to fraud or for contributions due to a state fund that were not paid due to fraud)
Hope this helps a little. But this simple answer without knowing more facts is, yes it is possible for them to take a federal refund to offset state unemployment benefits.
Until the amount is paid back they will take your refund.
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You said "to arrange payments" but have you entered into a formal agreement?
If you have, or if you will do so, check as to whether a formal agreement triggers a stop collect in Illinois.(especially as to the Federal return).
In terms of momentum, and if you have not made a blocking agreement or if you only just made one, the taking may occur if the mechanism is already set in motion.
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