Tuesday, May 01, 2001

Unclaimed tax refunds total $38,780

Lucas call attention to money

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — Nearly 100 residents of Kentucky's 4th Congressional District have money waiting for them from the federal government.

        The Internal Revenue Service has unclaimed tax refunds totaling $38,780.14 for residents in the district, according to U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, the Boone County Democrat who represents the district.

        The district covers 22 counties, including all of Northern Kentucky, and stretches from Ashland in the east to near Louisville in the west.

        But of the 86 people owed refunds, more than half live in Northern Kentucky. All of the taxpayers due money are listed on Mr. Lucas' Web site, www.house.gov/kenlucas.

        “This is the taxpayers' money, and we need to get it back to them rather than let almost $39,000 worth of checks to collect dust at the IRS,” Mr. Lucas said.

        “I hope to alert the 86 people on this list and let them know that this money is waiting for them,” he said.

        Residents without a computer can contact Mr. Lucas' Northern Kentucky field of fice at (859) 426-0080 to see if they are on the list.

        Anyone on the list can contact the IRS at (800) 829-1040 to claim a refund.

        The refunds range from $1.05 to $6,385. The average refund is $450.93.

        The IRS does not reclaim the money or send it back to the federal government if the person due a refund cannot be located.

        The checks are merely held by the IRS until they are claimed.

        Mr. Lucas said there are several reasons why refunds go unclaimed, including:

        • A taxpayer marries and does not have the refund check addressed to their new name.

        • The address on the tax return is illegible or incorrect.

        • People move and do not, for whatever reason, file taxes again and the IRS does not receive a new address.

        • A taxpayer passes away and the executor of the estate is not aware the tax refund exists. Five people on the list are dead, Mr. Lucas said.


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