COUNTYWIDE

IRS wants to give you money

 

The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 4,606 Los Angeles County taxpayers who are due to receive a combined $5.2 million in undeliverable tax refunds. These are refund checks that were returned to the IRS by the U.S. Postal Service due to mailing address errors.

Nationally, IRS is looking for 107,831 taxpayers who are owed a combined $124 million. In addition, more than 15,000 California taxpayers are owed $16.6 million, or about 13 percent of the total.

All a taxpayer has to do is update his or her address once. Some taxpayers are due more than one check.

“We are eager to get this money into the hands of taxpayers, so don’t delay if you think you are missing a refund,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “The sooner you update your address information, the quicker you can get your refund.”

Average undeliverable refunds rose by 16 percent this year to $1,148 from $990 last year, which is in line with the 16 percent rise in average refunds for all tax returns as of Oct. 16, 2009. Several changes in tax law likely played a role in boosting refunds, including the First-Time Homebuyer’s Credit and the Recovery Rebate Credit, among others.

The vast majority of checks mailed out by the IRS each year reach their rightful owner. Only a very small percent (.29 percent this year) are returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable.

E-file and direct deposit

Taxpayers can avoid being on this list by filing electronically and choosing direct deposit for their refunds. Choosing direct deposit puts an end to lost, stolen or undeliverable checks. As of Oct.16, 2009, more than two-thirds (67 percent, 94 million) of all individual returns were e-filed while nearly two-thirds (65 percent, 72 million) chose to receive their refunds directly into personal savings or checking accounts. Treasury issued 110 million total refunds thus far in 2009.

Taxpayers can update their addresses and check the status of a refund using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on IRS.gov. One must submit his or her social security number, filing status and amount of refund shown on their 2008 return. “Where’s My Refund?” will provide the status of the refund and in some cases provide instructions on how to resolve delivery problems. Taxpayers can access a telephone version of “Where’s My Refund?” by calling (800) 829-1954.

— Daily Press

 

KEN EDWARDS CENTER

Free flu shots

The Santa Monica Chapter of the American Red Cross, City Hall and  WISE & Healthy Aging will host a free “seasonal” flu shot clinic on Friday, Nov. 13, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth Street in Downtown. The free flu shots are made possible through Los Angeles County Public Health.

Because a large number of people were unable to get their annual flu shots earlier in the season due to cutbacks by the county that reduced the usual number of flu clinic locations, this supplemental seasonal flu clinic was made possible through the combined efforts of the Red Cross, City Hall and Wise & Healthy Aging.

Flu shots are recommended for the following: If you are pregnant, and adult 50 years of age or older; a health care worker; have a chronic condition such as asthma, HIV, heart or lung disease, kidney disorder or diabetes; are a caregiver of children six months and younger or have household contacts with high risk individuals. If you’re allergic to eggs or have any other serious illness, consult with your doctor before obtaining any flu shots.

Limited free parking is available. The building is also wheelchair accessible. The Ken Edwards Center can be reached on the Big Blue Bus, lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9.

For additional information or to inquire about other programs or assistance, Phone: 310-394-3773 or go online at www.redcrossofsantamonica.org. 

 

— DP

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