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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1989
Elderly or disabled homeowners or renters who want to take advantage of California real estate refund programs must file for assistance by Aug. 31, the California Franchise Tax Board announced this week. To qualify, an applicant must be disabled or older than 62, have earned less than $13,200 in 1988, and have made rent or home mortgage payments last year. More than 650 assistance centers have been opened to aid taxpayers in filling out and filing the forms, officials said.
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NEWS
February 11, 1988 | Associated Press
Average federal tax refunds are running almost 20% larger than they were a year ago, the Internal Revenue Service said today. The IRS also announced that the number of couples and individuals who are filing early returns is down 17.5% from last year. The returns, due April 15, are the first filed since most provisions of the 1986 tax overhaul took effect.
NEWS
May 12, 1991 | PHILIPP GOLLNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To passing motorists, it looked like the great tax rebate of 1991. At least 2,000 federal government checks, many of them tax refunds, spilled onto the San Diego Freeway in Sherman Oaks late Friday night. But the checks had been canceled and were worthless, officials said Saturday. The brightly colored checks apparently fell from a private courier truck on the way from Southern California banks to the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco, according to the U.S.
NATIONAL
November 17, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Nearly 100,000 taxpayers are missing out on income tax refunds because the checks sent by the Internal Revenue Service were returned as undeliverable. The IRS said Thursday that the average refund for the 95,746 taxpayers whose checks were returned was $963. The checks, worth a total of $92.2 million, can be claimed as soon as the owners update their addresses with the agency. In Los Angeles County, there are 4,148 checks worth nearly $4.
BUSINESS
May 30, 2003 | From Associated Press
More than 3,600 small businesses may have unnecessarily paid taxes designed to snare companies that use loopholes -- and they never got notices that they might deserve refunds. Two senators said Thursday that a report describing the oversight, issued by the Treasury Department's tax inspector general, showed that the Internal Revenue Service may have harmed small businesses at a time they could least afford it.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2004 | From Associated Press
Three Californians have been sentenced to federal prison terms in connection with illegal tax refund schemes, the U.S. attorney's office in Fresno said Monday. Jose Jiminez, 39, of Porterville, was sentenced to 18 months in custody with three years of supervised release in connection with a scheme to use Mexican voter registration cards to obtain tax identification numbers from the Internal Revenue Service. He was ordered to pay $31,013.50 in restitution to the IRS.
NATIONAL
February 9, 2005 | From Associated Press
About 1.7 million people are missing out on more than $2 billion in refunds for taxes they paid three years ago, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday. Many of them just never filed returns. It's not too late -- but the window to claim the money closes in nine weeks. "As soon as you send us your tax return, you'll get your money," IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson said Tuesday. "But if you don't file, you won't get anything."
NEWS
May 31, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The county's impending emergence from bankruptcy promises to bring thousands of property owners a modest but long-awaited windfall. Property tax appeals, some filed as far back as four years ago, resulted in rulings that Orange County owed certain property owners more than $100 million in refunds, because their parcels had been assessed too high a value.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1994 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Far fewer property owners than originally believed might be due tax refunds because the county failed to hear their assessment appeals before the legal deadline, county officials said Monday. Working through the weekend, officials found that at least 150 of the 300 parcels believed to be past or near deadline were not acted upon because the property owners withdrew their appeal requests. Investigators were still reviewing the remaining 150 cases late Monday. "I'm somewhat relieved.
BUSINESS
February 1, 1992 | KATHY M. KRISTOF
Now here's an offer you can refuse. H & R Block Inc., the ubiquitous tax preparers, say they're unhappy with President Bush's plan to reduce federal withholding to give Americans more money during the year and less in tax refunds. "We deal with more than 17 million taxpayers and we think we have a good idea of how they feel," said Thomas M. Bloch, president of the Kansas City, Mo., tax filing firm. "Most of our customers, who represent most of middle America, want a refund."
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