IRS Seeks to Return $164.6 Million in Undelivered Checks to Taxpayers

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IRS Seeks to Return $164.6 Million in Undelivered Checks to Taxpayers;
Recommends E-file and Direct Deposit to Eliminate Future Delivery Problems

WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service is looking to return $164.6 million in undelivered refund checks. A total of 111,893 taxpayers are due one or more refund checks that could not be delivered because of mailing address errors.

"We want to make sure taxpayers get the money owed to them," said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. "If you think you are missing a refund, the sooner you update your address information, the quicker you can get your money."

A taxpayer only needs to update his or her address once for the IRS to send out all checks due. Undelivered refund checks average $1,471 this year, compared to $1,148 last year. Some taxpayers are due more than one check.

The average dollar amount for returned refunds rose by just over 28 percent this year, possibly due to recent changes in tax law which introduced new credits or expanded existing credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

If a refund check is returned to the IRS as undelivered, taxpayers can generally update their addresses with the " Where's My Refund?" tool on IRS.gov. The tool also enables taxpayers to check the status of their refunds. A taxpayer must submit his or her Social Security number, filing status and amount of refund shown on their 2009 return. The tool will provide the status of their refund and, in some cases, instructions on how to resolve delivery problems.

Taxpayers checking on a refund over the phone will receive instructions on how to update their addresses. Taxpayers can access a telephone version of "Where's My Refund?" by calling 1-800-829-1954.
While only a small percentage of checks mailed out by the IRS are returned as undelivered, taxpayers can put an end to lost, stolen or undelivered checks by choosing direct deposit when they file either paper or electronic returns. Taxpayers can receive refunds directly into their bank, split a tax refund into two or three financial accounts or even buy a savings bond.

The IRS also recommends that taxpayers file their tax returns electronically, because e-file eliminates the risk of lost paper returns. E-file also reduces errors on tax returns and speeds up refunds. E-file combined with direct deposit is the best option for taxpayers; it's easy, fast and safe.

The public should be aware that the IRS does not contact taxpayers by e-mail to alert them of pending refunds and that such messages are common identity theft scams. The agency urges taxpayers not to release any personal information, reply, open any attachments or click on any links to avoid malicious code that will infect their computers.  The best way for an individual to verify if she or he has a pending refund is going directly to IRS.gov and using the " Where's My Refund?" tool.

 

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Jason Channell
Diadem Property Inspections - Serving Southeast Michigan - Troy, MI
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Very cool. It is always nice to hear about money coming back! I hope people owed get on board and do what it takes to collect their check.

Nov 17, 2010 08:23 PM #1
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Gail C. Harris
Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director - Chesapeake Beach, MD
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Very interesting. Nice to have a place to check!  :)

Nov 18, 2010 04:48 AM #2
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Scott Petersen
Client First, Realtors - Canton, MI - Canton, MI

Wouldn't it be nice to find out that you are owed thousands of dollars. Not the typical message you get from the IRS.

Nov 18, 2010 09:24 AM #3
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Indera Coggins
Re/Max 100 - Dunkirk, MD

Gail, Jason and Scott, super cool. I just want that one call from the IRS that says I have a big fat check that's owed to me. I wish that for you guys too. Won't that be nice?

Nov 18, 2010 02:57 PM #4
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Dawn A Fabiszak
Keller Williams Real Estate ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Indera ~ I know if I had a refund check coming to me, I certainly would make sure my address was correct!  That's just crazy!

Nov 18, 2010 03:21 PM #5
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Indera Coggins
Re/Max 100 - Dunkirk, MD

Dawn, make sure you update your address...lol

I just want an extra check.

Nov 18, 2010 03:36 PM #6
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Carla Harbert
www.LorainCountyHomeSales.com - Avon, OH
RE/MAX Omega: Lorain-Medina County Area

Incredible that so much money is left in the hands of the IRS because the tax payer does not have a correct address on file.

Nov 19, 2010 09:58 AM #7
Rainer
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Indera Coggins
Re/Max 100 - Dunkirk, MD

Carla, you would think that the IRS would have other ways of finding people's current address because they have SSN.

Nov 19, 2010 02:49 PM #8
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Marilyn Harrell
ReMax Riverhaven - Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI

Very interesting! Happy to say they don't owe me and I don't owe them!

Nov 20, 2010 10:45 AM #9
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Indera Coggins
Re/Max 100 - Dunkirk, MD

Marilyn, Isn't good to know that you don't owe them and don't have to worry!

Nov 20, 2010 06:33 PM #10
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