Thirty-six Boone County residents could have some extra holiday shopping money this year — if only they’d ask the Internal Revenue Service.
The IRS announced last week it is still waiting for 1,082 Missourians to claim their 2003 federal tax refunds. The refunds, totaling $6,954 in Boone County and more than $660,000 statewide, have been returned to the IRS as undeliverable. Amounts range from $1 to more than $60,000 with an average per-check amount of $612. Nationwide, 87,485 refunds totaling $73 million were bounced back to the IRS.
“We want to get the money back where it belongs,” said Missouri IRS spokesperson Kris Moore. “As soon as we get the correct address, we can reissue the check.” Moore said there is no time limit for claiming the refund.
“Anything would be just fine,” said a surprised Edward Linzie of Columbia, one of the lucky 36 on the IRS’ Boone County list. He said he had received his refund this year and was unsure about how much more he could be getting.
Joan Casey, an accountant with Columbia’s Casey and Co., said the unclaimed refund problem is mostly because of filers moving. She said the problem can be avoided if people leave forwarding information with the post office and notify the IRS using form 8822 available at www.irs.gov.
A way to be sure of receiving a refund is to file electronically. The increasing number of online filers can arrange to have their refund automatically transferred to their bank account. A list of companies offering free online 1040 filing is available at www.irs.gov/efile.
Those who think they may be missing a refund check can go to www.irs.gov and click on “Where’s my refund?”