The Internal Revenue Service is looking to return up to $164.6 million in undelivered 2009 federal income tax refund checks to more than 111,000 taxpayers nationwide who are due one or more checks that could not be delivered because of mailing address errors. A taxpayer only needs to update his or her address once for the IRS to send out all checks due.
The checks are worth an average of more than $1,400 each.
“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.”
Taxpayers can update their addresses with the “Where’s My Refund “” tool on the IRS.gov website, or by calling 800-829-1954.
The IRS recommends filing tax returns electronically and choosing to have any refunds provided via direct deposit to avoid the risk of delivery problems. The IRS does not contact taxpayers by e-mail to alert them to pending refunds because such messages are common identity theft scams.