Area residents owed money

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, November 21, 2007

NATCHEZ — There were approximately $669,000 worth of unclaimed tax refunds in the state of Mississippi last year, and some of that money belongs in the Miss-Lou.

The Internal Revenue Service has recently released a list of names of those they were not able to contact to send their tax returns.

Of the names on the list, 10 were from Adams County —nine from Natchez and one from Washington — and seven were from Ferriday.

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The IRS might not have been able to send the citizens involved their refund for several reasons, said IRS Media Relations Officer Deirdre Harris.

“These are taxpayers who initially opted not to use direct deposit for their tax return,” she said. “They could have moved and not updated their address with the IRS, but for whatever reason we were not able to contact them.”

To collect their refund, those who are on the list or even those who believe they are owed a refund can go to and use the “Where’s my refund?” online tool on the left side of the screen, Harris said.

When they use the online tool, the taxpayer will have to provide their social security number, their filing status and the exact amount of the refund they expected.

If the taxpayer has changed their address since last filing with the IRS, they should fill out a form 8822 to change their home mailing address, Harris said.

If the taxpayer is unable to do this right away, there is no chance of them losing their return, Harris said.

“There is no statute of limitations for them to receive their tax return if it was filed during the proper time period,” she said.

“We want them to get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can give them this money back.”