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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Does the IRS Have a Check For You?

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The IRS has announced (IR-2005-125) that it is looking for 84,290 owners of undelivered tax refund checks:

The IRS is seeking 84,290 taxpayers whose income tax refund checks could not be delivered in 2005. Checks totaling approximately $73 million can be reissued as soon as taxpayers correct or update their addresses with the IRS. In some cases, a taxpayer has more than one check waiting. The average amount owed to each taxpayer is $871.

If you have been waiting more than 28 days for your tax refund, go to Where's My Refund? to check on the status of your refund.  You must enter your:

  • Social Security number
  • Filing Status (such as single or married filing jointly)
  • Refund amount shown on your 2004 tax return

Gulf Coast residents affected by Hurricane Katrina can call the special toll-free Katrina disaster line at 1-866-562-5227 to expedite the process.

Taxpayers who have moved since filing their last tax return can ensure that the IRS has their correct address by filing Form 8822, Change of Address, with the IRS.

To put an end to undelivered refunds, taxpayers can join the more than 52 million individuals this year who have taken advantage of Direct Deposit. Taxpayers who choose this service receive their refunds directly into a personal checking or savings account. Direct Deposit, which also guards against theft or lost refund checks, is available for filers of both paper and electronic returns.

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