Happy Holidays: IRS Seeks to Return $164.6 Million in Undelivered Checks to Taxpayers

December 6, 2010

The Internal Revenue Service is looking to return $164.6 million in undelivered refund checks. In a recent release the IRS said that if you think you are missing a refund, you should go online and update your address information as soon as possible. A total of 111,893 taxpayers are due one or more refund checks that could not be delivered because of mailing address errors. 

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. 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.

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.

For more information, please contact your Perelson Weiner partner.

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