IRS seeks to pay Marengo County residents

Published 10:41 pm Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Eight residents of Marengo County are currently wanted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – but that’s a good thing.

These eight locals are due to receive their portion of 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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Demopolis residents Jasmine Harris, Sabrina Harbin and Linda and James Johnson; Cheriel May, of Faunsdale; Glen Eicher, of Gallion and John Gibson and Lucille Shaw, both of Linden, each have checks awaiting them.

All these taxpayer have 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 and some taxpayers are due more than one check.

Nationwide, the IRS is trying 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.

Taxpayers checking on a refund over the phone will be given instructions on how to update their addresses. Taxpayers can access a telephone version of “Where’s My Refund?” by calling 1-800-829-1954.