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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

IRS Can't Find 100,000 Taxpayers to Deliver $1,500 Tax Refund Checks

Wheres_my_refund_engIRS Seeks to Return $153 Million in Undelivered Checks to Taxpayers; Recommends e-file, Direct Deposit to Avoid Future Delivery Problems (IR-2011-113) (Nov. 30, 2011):

In an annual reminder to taxpayers, the IRS announced today that it is looking to return $153.3 million in undelivered tax refund checks. In all, 99,123 taxpayers are due refund checks this year that could not be delivered because of mailing address errors. Undelivered refund checks average $1,547 this year.

Taxpayers who believe their refund check may have been returned to the IRS as undelivered should use the Where’s My Refund? tool on 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.

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But they can certainly find you when you OWE $1,500. Priorities?

Posted by: Matt Johnston | Dec 2, 2011 6:48:40 AM

A taxpayer is responsible for making sure the IRS has their correct address. They can also call the IRS to find out what happened to their refund. If they filed a return, they should know they are due a refund. The IRS shouldn't be wasting its resources trying to track these people down.

Posted by: George | Dec 5, 2011 1:44:34 PM