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"We are looking for 110 people in Lubbock County. Throughout the state, there's over $6.3 million out there and there's about 7,800 people we're trying to find." Phil Beasley, is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Spokesman for the State of Texas. He's trying to find taxpayers who did not receive their tax refund check at any point during the last six years. "This is an issue where the check was returned to the U.S. Treasury Department. Then the U.S. Treasury Department contacts the IRSs and says we couldn't deliver this refund check."
So, why were 110 refund checks from Lubbock County returned? Beasley says, "The biggest reason tax refunds go undelivered is because people move and don't notify the postal service or IRS. Other reasons could be the person changed their name. They've gotten married and moved off. It could be that we couldn't read the information or the address or the IRS keyed it in incorrectly. It could also be a situation where someone died and the executor of the estate may not be aware of what happened."
So, how do you find out if you're on the list. The entire list of people in Lubbock County is noted below so keep reading. If your name is on the list, you have a check waiting. Beasley says, "It could range from $1 to several thousand dollars. The biggest refund check is out of Austin and it's $211,000." The largest refund in Lubbock County is worth $4,828.
Once you've found your name, it's time to pick up the phone. Beasley says, "Call the IRS and get your money. All we need is a good address and we'll send a check to them." That number is 1-800-829-1040.
To make sure you do receive your refund check this year, make sure you print your address legibly. If you move, fill out a change of address form one with the postal service. You can also check the status of your refund check online. For more information, ( click here). For NewsChannel 11's Consumer Connection, I'm Sharon Maines.