IRS looks to pay out $2.1M in unreturned refunds

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 4:16pm
Staff reports

The Internal Revenue Service wants to return $2.1 million to nearly 1,800 Tennessee tax filers, but the agency can’t find them.

The agency said Wednesday it was looking to return undelivered tax refund checks that could not be delivered to 1,779 Tennessee filers because of mailing address errors. The checks average $1,182.

Nationwide, there are more than 99,000 undelivered refund checks totaling about $153 million.

Taxpayers who believe their refund check may have been returned to the IRS as undelivered, can visit the IRS.gov website and click on the “Where’s My Refund?” tab.

There, taxpayers can check the status of their refund and, in some cases, may be able to resolve the delivery issues. Tax filers can also call 1-800-829-1954.

To avoid such delivery problems in the future, the IRS recommends choosing direct deposit into one or more bank accounts when filing either paper or electronic returns.

The IRS also recommended filing electronically to lower the risk of lost paper returns and speed up refunds.

The agency reminded taxpayers it would not ask for personal or financial information through email and urged taxpayers receiving such messages not to release any personal information, reply, open any attachments or click on any links to avoid malicious code that can infect their computers.