You may be under an "Income Tax Turnover Order" (which is entered in every case in the bankruptcy court where I practice) and you may have received verbal instructions from the Trustee at your 341 hearing. Depending upon when your bankruptcy petition as filed and whether any part of your refund can be exempted, the Trustee has a valid claim to some or all of that refund. Further, if your case is a no-asset case otherwise the Trustee will only enforce surrender if the estate's share is large enough to justify administration. Ideally, you are represented by counsel who will be available to advise more precisely on this issue.
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The court doesn't care, but your trustee may. Your prospective refund should have been disclosed as an asset on your Schedule B and exempted on Schedule C. The trustee probably asked about it at the 341 meeting, too. Tell your attorney, who will tell the trustee. Don't spend it until your attorney tells you it's okay.
Tax refund should have been listed on Sch.B as an asset. You need to ask your BK attorney. Under most circumstances, if the refund is high enough, you will have to turn it over to the trustee. Before you spend it, you need to find out. Your discharge can and will be cancelled due to this.
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I agree with the attorney answers already provided. I would like to emphasis that you stated that you received your "discharge a month ago"; however you did not state whether or not your case was closed. Some debtors believe that the discharge order means that the case is closed- however, they are two separate events.