The IRS put the check in the mail, but it came back stamped "Return to Sender."
Checks for advance child tax credits could not be delivered to some 43 families or individuals in Citrus County who were due the money from this summer's tax cuts. If the checks are not claimed by Dec. 5, taxpayers must wait until they file their tax returns in 2004 to try once again to get the money.
In Florida, the IRS got back 18,251 checks for the advance child tax credit or refund checks that could not be delivered. The unclaimed checks total $11.1-million, according to a press release from the IRS media relations office in Washington, D.C.
"Time is running out to get an advance child credit check," IRS Commission Mark W. Everson said in the press release. "We encourage taxpayers to visit irs.gov to see if they have an undelivered check from the advance child tax credit mail-out."
Tax refund checks most often are undeliverable because the recipient changed addresses. Taxpayers can either change their address with the U.S. Post Office or notify the IRS by filling out form 8822, which can be downloaded from the irs.gov Web site or by calling the IRS toll-free at 1-800-829-3676.
"Our Web site makes it easy for taxpayers to track undelivered checks," Everson said. "Our goal is to get the money back in the hands of the people it belongs to."
Another related Web site is "Where's my Advance Child Tax Credit?" at http://www.irs.gov/individuals /article/0,,
_ Jorge Sanchez can be reached at 860-7313 Send e-mail to sanchezsptimes.com.