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One-Time Telephone Tax Refund Available

As the climax of tax season approaches some Missourians may not be aware of a one-time tax refund this year for telephones.

KSMU's Christy Hendricks explains how to receive this refund.

There's a saying that only two things are certain in life, death and taxes...

The deadline for tax season looms just around the corner on April 17th this year.

April 15th falls on a Sunday and April 16th is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday for the District of Columbia.

If you haven't filed your taxes yet, Michael Devine, a spokesman for the IRS in Missouri, has some tips.

Devine says Missourians should be aware of a telephone tax refund for anyone who had a landline or cellular telephone between March 2003 until August 2006.

He says 290-thousand of the early Missouri filers didn't collect the refund and missed out on refunds totaling nearly nine million dollars this year.

Devine says one of the most common mistakes people make is not matching their name and social security number.

Those who have changed their name in the past year should contact the Social Security Administration before filing taxes.

Devine says Missourians should watch out for scams as well.

Michael Devine says the IRS does not contact people over the phone or email and ask for personal financial information.

For those Missourians who did not file taxes in 2003 and are due a refund, the deadline to collect that refund is April 17th.

Devine says nearly 90-percent of all the taxes filed in Missouri so far have been electronic.

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