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How to report

Refunded contributions

When a PAC makes a contribution that the recipient committee deposits and then refunds, the PAC will report the refund.

Reporting on PAC forms

Political action committees report receiving a refund on Form 3X, Line 16. The committee must itemize the refund, regardless of the amount of the refund.


The PAC reports receiving a refund of its contribution to Hegel for Congress on Line 16. The PAC includes the candidate committee’s address, date the refund was made, refund amount, calendar year-to-date total, and a clear description, "Refund of contribution itemized in July Quarterly Report."

Do not use Line 16 if the original check is returned uncashed.  Instead, report this activity as a voided contribution.

Reporting with FECFile

To enter a refund of a contribution made to a candidate, go to the Summary Page tab, right click on “Line 16 Refunds of contributions made to other federal candidates and committees” and select ”new.”

Learn more about reporting receipts in FECFile