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IRS HAS MONEY TO SEND LOCAL TAXPAYERS.

Byline: Daily News

SIMI VALLEY - The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 232 Ventura County taxpayers whose 2003 income tax refund checks, totaling $152,019, could not be delivered.

In the Moorpark area there are 17 undelivered refunds, totaling $14,505, and in Simi Valley there are 22, totaling $12,826.

Nationwide, 87,485 taxpayers with more than $73 million in undelivered checks could have checks reissued as soon as they correct or update their addresses with the IRS.

``If we owe you money, we'd like to get it to you,'' said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. ``All you have to do is tell us where you are. Our Web site makes it easy for taxpayers to track their undelivered refund checks.''

The ``Where's My Refund?'' link at www.IRS.gov provides information about refunds.

To use it, a taxpayer enters his or her Social Security number, filing status (such as single or married filing jointly), and the refund amount shown on the 2003 tax return. When the information is submitted online, taxpayers see Web pages that show the status of their refunds and, in some cases, instructions to resolve potential account issues.

``In Ventura County, the 232 undelivered checks range in value from $1.00 to $8,994,'' said Victor Omelczenko, an IRS Los Angeles area spokesman. ``California has a total of 14,328 undelivered checks worth over $14.1 million that we'd like to get back into the hands of taxpayers.''

Refund checks go astray for reasons that vary with each taxpayer. Often it's because a life change causes an address change. If taxpayers move or change their address and fail to notify the IRS or the U.S. Postal Service, a check sent to the last known address is returned to the IRS.

Taxpayers who have moved since filing their latest tax return can ensure that the IRS has the correct address by filing a Form 8822, Change of Address, with the IRS.

This form can be downloaded from the Internet or obtained by calling (800) TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).

Those without access to the Internet who think they might be missing a refund should first check their records or contact their tax preparer before calling the IRS toll-free assistance line at (800) 829-1040 to update their address.
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