Getting money back from IRS

Seven On Your Side
July 30, 2008 3:08:48 PM PDT
Nearly 140 million tax returns were filed last year. Most were processed without a problem but Eyewitness News found one mistake that threatened to cost one taxpayer more than $3,000. That is until she got Seven on her Side. Linda Wester is in a tussle with the tax man.

"I just don't understand how they could be like this," said Wester.

Linda should've received a tax refund check worth more than $3,300, months ago.

it was money she had earmarked for home improvements.

Linda says she filed her taxes last February.

"Six weeks passed. I would call every other week to try and follow up and see what was going on - nothing," adds Wester.

So Linda called the IRS tax payer advocate. They told her where her refund was direct deposited into someone else's account.

But on Linda's return, the boxes for direct deposit info had been x'd out.

Linda says, "There were x's in those boxes. There was no account number whatsoever."

So Seven on Your Side called the IRS on Linda's behalf, and a few weeks later?

There it was a check for the full amount, plus. "They even gave me $49 interest."

Citing privacy rules, the IRS couldn't tell Eyewitness News what happened or what caused Linda's extended wait. When it comes to getting a refund, the IRS recommends asking for direct deposit. It's quicker, more efficient, and sometimes is easier if you have a problem like Linda's.

STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Tappy Phillips