IRS: 99,123 Taxpayers Didn’t Get Their Refund Check

The Internal Revenue Service is trying to return $153.3 million in undelivered tax refund checks. In all, 99,123 taxpayers are due checks this year that could not be delivered because of mailing address errors.
Undelivered refund checks average $1,547 this year, the IRS said.
Taxpayers who think their refund check may have been returned to the IRS as undelivered should use the “ Where’s My Refund?” tool at IRS.gov. The tool will provide the status of your refund and it could assist you in resolving the delivery problem.
Taxpayers checking on a refund over the phone will receive instructions on how to update their addresses. Taxpayers can access “Where’s My Refund?” over the phone 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,” the IRS said in a statement.
Last year, more than 78.4 million taxpayers chose to receive their refund through direct deposit.
IRS reminds the public that it does not contact taxpayers by e-mail to alert them of pending refunds and does not ask for personal or financial information through email.  Such messages are common “phishing” scams.

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