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This chapter describes the return process for federal payments.

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Chapter 4: Returns

Contents - Chapter 4

  • A. General Information on Returns 4-2
  • B. Returning Payments Through the ACH 4-5
  • C. Returning Partial Payments in Response to Notices of Reclamation 4-6
  • D. Dishonored Returns 4-6
  • E. Payments Returned in Error; Obtaining a Refund from the Government 4-8

Last modified 02/01/23