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Half a million Coloradans have not received $750 refund checks. Here’s what to do if you’re one of them. | Quick shots

ByMadeleine J. Pierce

Oct 20, 2022

Gov. Jared Polis signed legislation in May to send $750 refund checks to Colorado taxpayers by September — but for about half a million people, those checks never arrived.

About 3.1 million Colorado residents who filed 2021 state taxes by June 30 were eligible to get $750 for single filers and $1,500 for joint filers from the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, according to the governor’s announcement in May.

However, as of Thursday, just over 2,544,000 checks have been issued and 2,344,000 of them have been cashed or deposited, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue. Another 57,000 checks were sent and then returned to the department, possibly due to incorrect addresses.

“The Department of Revenue understands the immediacy and is working diligently to return this money to the Coloradans,” said Meghan Tanis, director of communications for the department. “Right now we are in the process of reissuing checks for people who have not received their original check.”

Officials urged anyone eligible for the check who did not receive it to call the Colorado Cash Back hotline at 303-951-4996 during regular business hours. From there, the department will authorize the caller’s address and reissue the check, Tanis said. The reissue process could take up to six weeks.

Tanis said the hotline provides a streamlined process for those who miss their checks, but residents can also complete the available form. here and mail it to the Ministry of Revenue, including the required supporting documents requested in the form. The mailing address is at the bottom of the form.

Every full-time Colorado resident who was at least 18 years old on December 31, 2021 was eligible to file a tax return to claim the refund. Those who deposited after June 30 but before the extended October 17 deadline should receive their check in January.

Colorado residents who have a past debt to a government agency may have their checks intercepted to help pay the debt, said Polis spokesman Conor Cahill. This can include unpaid student loans, parking tickets, court fines, child support, spousal support, and After.

Checks are also sent exclusively by mail, not by direct deposit, even though that is how tax returns are prepared. On the governor’s website, he said the decision to send the checks was to prevent fraud. To verify or update the address to which rebate checks will be mailed, residents can visit colorado.gov/revenueonline.

The refund – dubbed the “Colorado Cash Back Rebate” by Polis – accelerates the TABOR 2023 refund originally scheduled for spring 2023, reimbursing up to 85% of excess state revenue collected last year. Senate Bill 233signed by Polis in May, created the Accelerated Reimbursement Program.

The governor and Democratic leaders said the accelerated reimbursement would help Colorado families afford basic necessities such as gas and groceries amid soaring prices and inflation. Republican critics called the refund a ploy to buy votes ahead of the November election. Cahill called this an “intellectually dishonest and cynical view”.

More information about the Refund Program is available on the Frequently Asked Questions webpage at tax.colorado.gov/cash-back.

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