In Missouri, 1,350 regular refund checks, averaging $723, and 3,761 economic stimulus checks averaging $550, were returned by the U.S. Postal Service due to mailing address errors.
"We want to get this money to the people it belongs to," said Michael Devine, IRS spokesperson. "It's really a simple process. As soon as the owner updates their address with the IRS, we can reissue the check."
Nationally, the IRS is looking for taxpayers who are missing more than 279,000 economic stimulus checks totaling about $163 million and more than 104,000 regular refund checks totaling about $103 million.
"It is crucial that taxpayers who may be due a stimulus check update their addresses with the IRS by Nov. 28, 2008," said Devine. By law, economic stimulus checks must be sent out by December 31 of this year.
"Checks are often returned to the IRS because a life change - such as a marriage or divorce - causes an address change," said Devine. He explained that if a taxpayer moves or changes their address and fails to notify the IRS or the U.S. Postal Service, a refund check sent to their last known address is returned as undeliverable.
A list of those people in Jasper County provided by the IRS entitled to money include: (Carl Junction) Joshua Cole, John T. Hacker, Sarah M. Hines, Ross H. Iles, Brian S. Smith; (Carterville) Carl J. Spencer; (Carthage) Annetta L. Bevers-Bruxvoort, Jimmie Cotner Jr & Pamela Hayden, Michael C. Dang & Bich Tuyen Trinh, Rena M. Delapena, Cara L. Freeman, Randall R. Fuller, Mark S. Garrison, Franco Gutierrez, Elvis R. Hernandez, Herbert L. Hoover, Douglas P. Lewis & Kristina D. Lewis, Raul A. Magallanes, Ricky L. Marchbanks Jr., Valvino A. Martinez & Dalila Martinez, Hector Rojas Morales, Diana K. Ramsey, Hermogenes Ochoa Reyes, Michael A. Rhymer, Kyjah R. Saxton, Josh D. Vickers; (Jasper) David B. Henderson; (Joplin) Elizabeth R. Ackerson, Jennifer Aguilar, Jeremiah J. Bitticks, Thomas M. Braddish & Gwen Braddish, William R. Brand, James D. Bricker, Kenneth M. Brumback, Richard w. Burns, Richard G. Caudle, Christoper J. Cook, Melissa B. Cooper, Benjamin F. Crews, Frances L. Crosby, Joshua L. Davied, Joshua D. Davis, Lamont B. Davis, Andrew J. De Rosa, Michael D. Deberry, Benjermen C. Deines, Ashley J. Delzell, Daniel A. Dubois, Patsy Edwards, Jason M. Enochs, Kelley D. Fabozzi, Zachary E. Feldman, Linda S. Frazier, Mandy L. Freer, Arron Frieze, Darius M. Gabriel IV, Carl L. Gourley, Tina A. Granger, Christopher D. Hall, Claude W. Harryman, Gaylin R. Hay, Aileen G. Henderson, Bryan E. Higdon & Natasha M. Higdon, Jane R. Higdon, Summer R. Johnson, Joseph P. Jones, Tonya Jones, Donald W. Kelley, James M. Kelley, Cindy M. Kinsey, Lawrence Laplante, George A. Larson, Sandy L. Linderman, Michael L. Linton & Chastity Linton, Tamara L. Lloyd, Brittany D. Long & William J. Long, Joseph K. Luth, Michael F. Maier, Larry L. McReynolds, Fred L. Meek III, James Mindack, Peggy J. Minton, Cassandra M. Moritz, Maurice Mullins, Andrew F. Murphy III, Kenneth M. Nelums, Justin C. Nodler, Barbara S. Odell, Gail D. Parra, Scott Peters, Jerry D. Proctor, Dannie L. Rash, Terry M. Ray, Gregory W. Reynolds, Darrell J. Robertson, Floyd Rogers, Jose A. Roldan, Jeremy D. Rotert & Shelby D. Phillip, Jimmie B. Shaw, Reece R. Snow Jr, Basil E. Speer, Thira Srithaveeporn, Brandy M. Stewart, Angela D. Tanner, Crystal Taylor, Robert A. Terry & Mallory L. Terry, Stephanie L. Van Diver, Mervin Warthen, Nancy Wehmeyer, Traci R. Wehmeyer, Carla M. Williams, Nikki A. Woodard, Roger A. Wormington & Connie K. Wormington, Johnny R. Yaws, Scotie Youngblood & Dolores Youngblood, Lalbiakngheta Zaidarhzauva; (Sarcoxie) Nancy E. Carman, Shawna M. Jackson, Kaying Yang; (Webb City) Cherie R. Bailey, Christopher A. Keller, Pamela S. Kelso, Levi T. Mittag, Earl B. Putnal III, Shayne A. Robertson, Joy E. Tandy, Clyde E. Walker Jr., Charlene F. West.
Those living in the Joplin area who need to notify the IRS of an address change should visit the IRS office on the 5th floor of the US Bank Building, Main & 4th Street, Joplin. Hours of operation, subject to change, are: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Closed for lunch 1-2p.m.). The local phone number is (417) 889-9828.
Taxpayers who think they may be missing a refund check or economic stimulus payment can call the IRS Refund Hotline at (800) 829-1954; or the Economic Stimulus Payment Hotline at (866) 234-2942. Both automated tools are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and give the steps that can be taken to provide a new address to have the check reissued.