IRS looking for county residents due refund

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 7, 2009

Special to the Messenger

BIRMINGHAM — The Internal Revenue Service is looking for Alabamians who are due to receive a combined $1.85 million in the form of 1,571 refund checks that were returned to the IRS by the U.S. Postal Service due to mailing address errors.

“IRS wants to get these checks to their owners as quickly as possible,” said IRS spokesman Dan Boone. “All you have to do is update your address to get your refund check reissued.”

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All a taxpayer has to do is update his or her address once. The IRS will then send out all checks due. Undeliverable refund checks average $1,183 this year in Alabama. Some taxpayers are due more than one check.

Nationwide, the IRS wants to reissue nearly 108,000 checks worth more than $123 million. The average check is worth $1,148.

Average undeliverable refunds rose by 16 percent this year, which is in line with the 16 percent rise in average refunds for all tax returns in the latest filing season. Several changes in tax law likely played a role in boosting refunds, including the First-Time Homebuyer’s Credit and the Recovery Rebate Credit, among others.

The vast majority of checks mailed out by the IRS each year reach their rightful owner. Only a very small percent are returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable.

The following from Pike County are due checks, Ty R. Spiceland, Timothy W. and Brenda Catrett, Jack E. McBride, Carlissa D. Brown, James R. and Frankie R. Johnson, Lomaz Jordan, Jesse McMeans, Devoski McMeans, Kalette R. Mixon, Anthony D. Cheathem and David E. and Jan R. Phelan