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Does California Owe You Money?

Dec 10, 2012

High Desert residents are owed a total of $64,700 from the state of California, as the Franchise Tax Board works to track down 344 people who never received their income tax refunds.

Victorville easily boasts the most local residents on the list, with 153 undelivered checks ranging from $1 and up. Hesperia trails behind, followed by Apple Valley, Adelanto and Barstow.

Nearly 48,000 refunds statewide were returned by the U.S. Postal Service, according to a statement from the FTB. Taxpayers who moved and failed to update their addresses are the main reason refunds are returned.

"I want to make sure all taxpayers receive their refunds and as quickly as possible," State Controller John Chiang, who chairs the FTB, said in a statement. "This is an easy way update your contact information and get the refund before the holiday season."

Residents can quickly update their address through the Access MyFTB Account feature on FTB's website. FTB reissues returned refunds automatically once a new address is received.

Taxpayers expecting a state refund, or unsure if they received their refund, can access FTB's Check Your Refund Status. This service is available in both English and Spanish.

FTB encourages taxpayers to use direct deposit when filing their tax returns. Direct deposit is a fast and secure method to receive your tax refund within days rather than waiting weeks for a paper refund. This year, more than 6 million California taxpayers received more than $6.2 billion directly into their bank accounts through direct deposit.

As of Nov. 29, the FTB had issued more than 10 million refunds worth nearly $10 billion.

Source: (c)2012 the Daily Press (Victorville, Calif.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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