When the IRS Makes a Refund Mistake

The IRS in February sent me a check for over $7,000. It was a mistake on their part as well as a mistake on my part for using the money for car repairs and other bills. I have no choice but to pay them back and will send them $600 or $700 this month. I'm self-employed and get Social Security. Can they take my business revenues or benefits each month if they do not like what I am paying them? —T.D., Valencia, Calif.

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