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Is the IRS trying to give you money? It might be

It's not a hoax: The U.S. government wants to give some local residents cash. Well, give them their own cash back.

This year, the IRS has more than $5 million in undeliverable refunds for the 2009 tax year for residents of South Carolina and North Carolina because of address errors, and 74 of them are in Beaufort and Jasper counties.

To receive their checks, residents must update their addresses online at IRS.gov under the heading, "Where's My Refund?" or call 1-800-829-1954.

Taxpayers will need to provide their Social Security numbers, filing status and the amount of their refund from the previous year, according to an IRS news release. The online tool will provide the status of the refund and, in some cases, instructions on how to resolve delivery problems.

The easiest way to ensure a check gets delivered in the future is to choose direct deposit when filing a return, the release says. The IRS deposits refunds into your personal checking or savings accounts, a service available for both paper and electronic returns.

The average refund increased by nearly 28 percent this year from $1,148 to $1,471, according to the release. The IRS attributes the increase to recent tax law changes that included new and expanded credits.

Some taxpayers are due more than one check.

BEAUFORT COUNTY

BEAUFORT

Derrick and Lavelle Allen

Cedric D. Cardenas

Juan R. Cardenas

Felipe Damian

Jose Martinez

Ollie S. McAlister

Amanda McDougall

David McKay

Lance and Amy Muniz

Jeff and Stephanie Pawelski

Guy and Linda Richardson

Sarah E. Rosa

BLUFFTON

Margaretha Becker

Barbara Bogdanski

Michael Bolivar

Roger Brooks II

Antonio Burns

Jonathan D. Burns

Ruben and Yessith Campos

Frank B. Capuzello

Claudimiro De Barros Neto

Olivar L. Evans

Raven Hugue

Linder Johnson

Gerald and Elaine McGuire

Jamilah Nixon

Harold T. Peltonen

Adam Pierce

Robert M. Sandstrom

Teodoro Santiago

Donald and Kathleen Tyminski

HILTON HEAD ISLAND

Jose Alvarez

Wendy Brigman

Constance H. Brooks

Jasmine Chisolm

Michael Gansch

Jose Jimenez-Ponciano

Omar Jimenez Vega

William H. and Thays Junqueira

Mary Kadar

Lester and Nikki Nance

Alexander Nieves

Raymond and Kristina Pasqualone

Eleanor Simon

Roberto Santoyo

Monica Zarco

LADY'S ISLAND

Charmaine Badger

Justin Ford

Norma Cruz

Marco T. Martinez

Angeles Perez

Ranulfo Ramirez

OKATIE

Jeremy Goodman

Rebecca Sturgis

Cheryl Kotila-Vivian

James Vivian

PORT ROYAL

Colin Pearce

ST HELENA ISLAND

Jalisa Alston

Michael Bowen

Jose Chinchilla

Anthony and Cherree McClain

Barbara Eve Sibley

SEABROOK

William Howard

SHELDON

William and Cathy Mildren

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