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IRS owes area residents

By By Adrienne McKenzie
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is looking for seven lucky Atmore residents to give them money before the holiday season passes.
The IRS is looking for 1,840 Alabama taxpayers that have refund checks worth more than $2.1 million due to them. The checks were returned to the IRS by the Postal Service as undeliverable.
"IRS would like to get these refunds to their owners in time for the holidays, if possible," IRS spokesperson Dan Boone said. "We've made it easy for taxpayers to update their addresses and claim their refunds."
The seven Atmore residents who have money waiting for them include Dorothy L. Albert, Arice B. Ellison, Rodric R. Hooks, James R. Mooney, Brian K. Randall, Robert S. Strickland and John Walker. Other individuals from Escambia County who the IRS is trying to reach include John J. Finklea of Brewton and Darrell Marshall of Flomaton.
As soon as taxpayers update their addresses with the IRS they can claim their checks. The sum of money the IRS is holding for taxpayers is $1,144 in Alabama.
The Web site www.IRS.gov makes it easy for taxpayers to access the status of their refunds. With the proper information, taxpayers may be a few hundred dollars richer before Christmas.
Taxpayers may also call 1-800-829-1954 to check their status.
It is important to update your address. Refund checks are mailed to a taxpayer's last known address. If the individual has moved without informing the IRS or the U.S. Postal Service, the check will be returned.
An easy way to put an end to undelivered refunds is to sign up for direct deposit. Taxpayers can receive refunds that are put directly into their personal checking or savings account.
For more information, visit www.irs.gov.