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Found: Your tax refund

Dora Johnson had no idea the Internal Revenue Service was searching for her. Even more puzzling was why they couldn't find her. The 71-year-old Campbell, Minn., woman is one of 1,400 Minnesotans the IRS is trying to find. But instead of taking mo...

Dora Johnson had no idea the Internal Revenue Service was searching for her. Even more puzzling was why they couldn't find her.

The 71-year-old Campbell, Minn., woman is one of 1,400 Minnesotans the IRS is trying to find.

But instead of taking money from her, the federal agency wants to give her money.

The IRS has undeliverable refund checks for 147 North Dakotans and 1,431 Minnesotans.

North Dakota refund checks total $128,175, with the average check worth $872.

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Unclaimed refund checks in Minnesota total $1,184,224, with the average check worth $828.

A refund check is normally returned as undeliverable when a taxpayer moves without updating his or her address with either the U.S. Postal Service or the IRS.

But Johnson said she's lived in Campbell for the past 18 years.

"Gee, I wasn't even lost," she said after learning the IRS couldn't find her.

She didn't know how much her refund was, but said she can use it and will likely buy propane with the money.

Nationally, 115,478 taxpayers are due refund checks worth about $110 million, according to the IRS. Those refunds average $953.

"Our goal is to get this money back in taxpayers' hands," IRS spokesperson Carrie Resch said in a statement.

That's good news to Noreen Hegney of Fargo, who also had no idea she had an undeliverable refund.

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She said she's lived at the same address for seven years and doesn't know why the IRS can't find her and her husband, Troy.

"Cool. This time of year, you usually get a bill, not a refund," Hegney said. "I can go Christmas shopping."

The "Where's My Refund?" link on IRS.gov allows taxpayers to check the status of their refunds, update their address and be reunited with their money.

Taxpayers must submit their Social Security number, filing status and amount of refund shown on their 2006 return.

The tool will provide the status of the refund and, in some cases, provide instructions on how to resolve delivery problems.

Taxpayers can also access a telephone version of "Where's My Refund?" by calling (800) 829-1954.

The IRS warns consumers not to respond to e-mail scams soliciting personal financial information, saying it doesn't notify taxpayers of refunds via e-mail.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Teri Finneman at (701) 241-5560 Found: Your tax refund Teri Finneman 20071119

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