$164.6 Million In Unclaimed IRS Refund Checks: Is One Yours?

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Wow. Who knew that there were over $164.6 Million in unclaimed IRS refund checks out there? Apparently the IRS can’t find some of us to give us our money! I wonder if we owed money, if they would be able to find us? ;)

Anyway, I just had this article passed along to me from a reader about how the IRS has these millions of dollars owed to 111,893 taxpayers across the country. According to the article the main reasons are that the taxpayer has moved and not updated his/her address with the IRS or Post Office.

According to IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman, “We want to make sure taxpayers get the money owed to them, (so) if you think you are missing a refund, the sooner you update your address information, the quicker you can get your money.”

How to prevent a lost tax refund

When you are doing your federal and state tax filing this year make sure you use the proper address and notify the IRS if you have a change of address. Also consider getting the refund via direct deposit. Not only is this safer, but it will arrive quicker as well.

How to check for unclaimed IRS refund Checks

If you are still sitting there wondering how long its gonna take to get your tax refund or think you might have not gotten one of your refund checks from the previous years, this is how you can check…

Online

“If a refund check is returned to the IRS as undelivered, taxpayers can generally update their addresses with the Where’s My Refund? tool on IRS.gov. The tool also enables taxpayers to check the status of their refunds. A taxpayer must submit his or her Social Security number, filing status and amount of refund shown on their 2009 return. The tool will provide the status of their refund and, in some cases, instructions on how to resolve delivery problems.”

Over the Phone

“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.”

Let us know if you find that you had an unclaimed refund check – what a great surprise!

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  1. I felt trepidation when I found a letter from the IRS in my mailbox this weekend. Automatic response from watching too many movies, I know! I was pleasantly surprised when the IRS sent me a letter informing me that I had forgotten to take a particular deduction–and that they had increased my refund accordingly! I don’t think the IRS gets much positive press–so thought I’d put this out there.

  2. @lea – very true – thanks for sharing

    @ Kevin – not sure – that is a good question, I will let you know if I find out!

  3. @Kevin
    Someone commenting on FB said… ” once 36 months have passed from filing due date, they get to keep the money.”

  4. Nisar A.Piracha

    Inquiring about any refund for me.

  5. tim heimlich

    I was just wondering if any of them were mine because I have forgotten to pick things up before ,Thank you very much for your time and effort and I appreciate it

  6. BONNY ANDERSON

    BOB, THE IRS SENT ME A LETTER STATING MY SS# DIDN’T MATCH MY NAME SO THEIR KEEPING MY REFUND. I HAVE YEARS OF PREVIOUSLY FILED TAXES WITH THE SAME SS#, THEY WERE ALL PAID, WHY ARE THEY SAYING IT’S NOT ME NOW?

  7. Linda M.

    Just heard today that many people may be due more of a refund from the year 2007. How do I go about finding out if we are owed any more? Thanks in advance.

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