The Internal Revenue Service owes nearly $4 million to South Florida residents alone, courtesy of unclaimed tax refunds and economic stimulus checks. I don’t know what the nationwide number is, but it’s got to be huge.
I cannot for the life of me understand why someone who hasn’t gotten their payment yet isn’t jumping up and down screaming, and trying to find the reason. For many of those people it’s a pretty stupid reason, too.
Bad mailing addresses.
Come on, people! We’re talking hundreds, and in some cases thousands of dollars! If you’ve moved in the past few years MAKE SURE THE IRS KNOWS YOUR ADDRESS!
Excuse me. Stupidity makes me insane.
And if you’re one of these people, you have Just four days remain to correct an address with the IRS so that the agency can reissue the checks. Taxpayers expecting an economic stimulus check must have their addresses updated with the IRS by Friday so that the checks can be reissued by Dec. 31. Taxpayers expecting regular refunds have more time to claim their refund but must contact the IRS to update their addresses.
There are ways for taxpayers to update mailing information:
1. Via the IRS Web site: www.irs.gov. Taxpayers without Internet access should call 1-800-234-2942.
2. Visit your local IRS office.
3. Check with the United Way in your area to see if they offer taxpayer assistance.
Please, go get your money folks!
Edited to add some helful links: