St. Johns Co. family: Tax refund deposited into another bank account

Family works to get $8K tax refund back after month of trying

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – It was a tax nightmare for one St. Johns County family -- they said a major tax preparer accidentally deposited their $8,000 tax refund into another person's bank account.

The family has not had any luck getting the money back after more than a month of trying.

Holly Tallant said the tax nightmare started Feb. 9 when H&R Block told that her $8,000 tax refund had been dispersed.

Tallant said H&R Block was supposed to put her tax refund into her Wells Fargo account, but it was accidentally put in another person's account. That person apparently spent the money before she could get it back.

Tallant has made multiple calls to H&R Block and the IRS, and was given multiple investigation numbers.

"I feel like I'm screaming at the top of my lungs. I've called their corporate headquarters, I know who their CEO is and they don't care. They said the money wasn't guaranteed," said Tallant. "The person spent it, they're just pointing fingers. It's H&R Block, not it's IRS."

News4Jax stopped by the H&R Block branch in Julington Creek. Employees at the branch said they can't comment because "it's a privacy issue."

Another situation like this happened this month, when a Panama City man was arrested after he was mistakenly given someone else's IRS check and spent it. But local attorney Gene Nichols said those criminal charges are hard to prove.

"It's going to be a difficult prosecution unless it is crystal clear that this person was not expecting this money. If you have $20 in your bank account, $10,000 shows up and you spend it all, you could be prosecuted," Nichols said.

But Tallant said she just wants her money back.

"I'm ready for it to be over because it's driving a sane person crazy," said Tallant.

Tallant said her family really needs this money. They have small children and a huge property tax bill they were going to use the $8,000 to pay off and now they have no way to pay it.

News4Jax reached out to the IRS and officials there said they can't comment on individual accounts, but did say people are responsible for putting down the correct bank account and routing numbers when filling out a tax return.

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