Unclaimed tax refunds await 84 South Lake Tahoe residents | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Unclaimed tax refunds await 84 South Lake Tahoe residents

Jeff Munson

Christmas could come early for 84 South Lake Tahoe residents who have 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 like Meyers and Strawberry, there are 36 people who have unclaimed tax refunds waiting for them totally $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 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 of the cases the refund checks are returned to the tax board as undeliverable by the post office because taxpayers have moved between the times they filed their taxes and the refunds were mailed, Barrett said.

The tax board automatically reissues returned refunds once a new address is received. Taxpayers who have changed addresses are encouraged to call the tax board to update their address.

Taxpayers can check the status of their refund at the FTB Web site http://www.ftb.ca.gov. The feature is available in English and Spanish.

Taxpayers may also check the status of their refund and update their address by calling (800) 852-5711 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“Taxpayers in doubt about their refunds can go online and check the status or call the FTB to get the refunds they are owed,” Chiang said. “Choosing direct deposit can speed up the time it takes to get the refund into your bank account and is an easy way to avoid the headache of chasing down a refund.”

To avoid delayed refunds, the tax board encourages taxpayers to use direct deposit for a quick way to receive their state income tax refunds.

In 2007 more than 4.2 million taxpayers had more than $4 billion directly deposited into their bank accounts. This tops the previous year’s 3.8 million total taxpayers who had $3.4 billion in direct deposit refunds.



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