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Not your state income tax refund. But the state may have a claim on it and they would keep the necessary amount that is owed for that purpose.

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Not your state income tax refund. But the state may have a claim on it and they would keep the necessary amount that is owed for that purpose.

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No. The Supreme Court held that states cannot tax the federal government or an instrument of the federal government (like the Second National Bank, in Baltimore, Maryland) in McCulloch v. Maryland, (1819).

In his opinion for McCulloch, Chief Justice John Marshall declared Maryland's legislation taxing any bank not chartered by the state unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause. Marshall stated that the state's power to tax was the "power to destroy" competition by taxing it out of existence, and was being used unconstitutionally against the federal government.

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McCulloch v. Maryland, 17 US 316 (1819)

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