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VOL. 116 | NO. 221 | Thursday, November 14, 2002

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IRS seeks to unite checks, owners

IRS seeks to unite checks, owners

The Internal Revenue Service has 1,440 undelivered tax refund checks worth $944,039 for taxpayers in Tennessee.

The IRS can reissue the checks after taxpayers update their addresses.

This year, a new Internet feature makes it easier for taxpayers to track down whether they have an undelivered refund. The service, which allows people to check the status of refunds online at any time, is available through the "Where's My Refund" section of the IRS home page at www.irs.gov.

"Checking on your federal tax refund is quick and easy with our new Internet feature," said IRS spokesman Dan Boone.

To use the site, taxpayers must enter their Social Security numbers, filing status (such as single or married filing jointly) and the refund amount shown on their 2001 tax returns.

When this information is submitted online, taxpayers see a Web page that shows the status of their refund checks. Taxpayers also receive instructions to resolve any problems, whether they relate to undelivered refund checks or other issues.

Taxpayers without access to the Internet who think they might be missing refund checks should first check their records or contact their tax preparers, then call the IRS toll-free assistance line, (800) 829-1040, to update their addresses.

"We want to get this money back to where it belongs," Boone said. "It's a simple process. As soon as taxpayers get us their correct addresses, we can reissue the checks."

Taxpayers can avoid delivery glitches by choosing to have their refunds deposited directly into personal checking or savings accounts. Direct deposit also guards against theft or lost refund checks. The option is available on both paper returns and electronically filed returns.

Nationwide, more than 39.5 million taxpayers chose direct deposit this filing season, up 17.4 percent from last year.

Refund checks go astray for many reasons. Often, its because a life change causes an address change, Boone said. If taxpayers move or change their address and fail to notify the IRS or the U.S. Postal Service, a check sent to the last known address is returned to the IRS.

Postal officials said 17 percent of the nations population moves each year. The USPS processed more than 44 million change-of-address cards in 2001.

Undelivered Refunds for Tennessee Taxpayers

 

Number of checks: 1,440

Total value of checks: $944,039.40

Highest check West Tennessee: $34,885

Highest check Middle Tennessee: $19,472

Highest check East Tennessee: $19,980

Lowest check: $1

Average refund: $656

 

Source: IRS

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