Tax refunds for 84 South Lake Tahoe residents unclaimed |

Tax refunds for 84 South Lake Tahoe residents unclaimed

Eighty-four South Lake Tahoe residents could have a second dose of Christmas with a total of $18,054 in unclaimed tax refunds waiting for them.

That’s an average of $214 per person, said John Barrett, spokesman for the California Franchise Tax Board.

“There will be a lot of happy Whos in Whoville” if they call for their check, Barrett said.

The Franchise Tax Board hopes to find more than 37,000 California taxpayers who are owed $9.8 million in state tax refunds that remain unclaimed.

In rural El Dorado County communities such as Meyers and Strawberry, there are 36 people who have unclaimed tax refunds waiting for them totaling $5,595, Barrett said.

California taxpayers who have not received their 2006 refund can call the Franchise Tax Board and have a quick replacement check sent, according to State Controller and FTB Chair John Chiang.

This year, the board issued nearly 10 million refunds worth more than $8.4 billion. At issue are uncashed individual refunds ranging from a few dollars to more than $68,000.

In many cases, the refund checks are returned to the tax board as undeliverable by the post office because taxpayers have moved between the time they filed their taxes and when the refunds were mailed, Barrett said.

Taxpayers can check the status of their refund at the Franchise Tax Board Web site at or by calling (800) 852-5711 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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