IRS Seeks to Return $153 Million in Undelivered Refund Checks to Taxpayers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today that it is looking to return approximately $153 million in undelivered tax refund checks. In total, 99,123 taxpayers were due refund checks this year that could not be delivered because of mailing address errors.

If you believe your refund check may have been returned to the IRS as undelivered, you should use the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on the IRS’s website – www.irs. gov. The tool will provide the status of your refund and, in some cases, instructions on how to resolve delivery problems.

Taxpayers without internet access can check their refunds over the phone by calling 1-800-829-1954.  They will also receive instructions on how to update their addresses.

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 their returns. Taxpayers can receive refunds directly into their bank account, split a tax refund into two or three financial accounts or even buy a savings bond.

The IRS also strongly encourages taxpayers to file their tax returns electronically.  Electronic filing eliminates the risk of lost paper returns, reduces errors on tax returns and speeds up refunds. Electronic filing combined with direct deposit is the best option for taxpayers to avoid refund problems.

The public should be aware that the IRS does not contact taxpayers by email to alert them of pending refunds and does not ask for personal or financial information through email.  Such messages are common scams.

For assistance resolving your tax problem call Hone Maxwell LLP today.

Disclaimer: Hone Maxwell LLP articles and blogs are not intended as legal advice. Additional facts, facts specific to your situation or future developments may affect subjects contained herein. Seek the advice of an attorney before acting or relying upon any information herein.

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