Every year, many people get tax refunds back. Understandably, it can be surprising if you go from getting a tax refund back to having to pay the IRS, instead. This is especially true if you haven't changed your salary. What exactly controls whether you get a tax refund?
Tax Withholding: Why You Often Get a Refund
With every paycheck, your employer deducts a certain amount of tax and pays this. This is an estimated amount of how much you owe, based on the number of dependents you have.