The Internal Revenue Service is seeking to return $164.6 million undelivered refund checks to 111,893 taxpayers around the country, according to a news release. David Tucker, an IRS spokesman, said 18 of those taxpayers are in Juneau. He said the amounts owed to these people total at $8,987, with the average amount owed being $500.
Tucker said taxpayers need to update their address and other information to get the money they're owed. He said those missing their refund checks should visit the "Where's My Refund" tool on the IRS website at www.irs.gov. The website has a link for missing refunds on its homepage.
The release states once there, taxpayers must provide correct information, such as addresses, social security numbers and filing statuses.
A telephone version of "Where's My Refund?" is at 1-800-829-1954.
"We want to make sure taxpayers get the money owed to them," IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said in the release. "If you think you are missing a refund, the sooner you update your address information, the quicker you can get your money."
The release states undelivered refund checks averaged $1,471 this year, as opposed to $1,148 last year. It states the average dollar amount increase could possibly be due to recent tax law changes that introduced new credits or expanded existing credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. Some taxpayers are owed more than one check, the release states.
"For the future, what we're strongly recommending is taxpayers electronically file and then request direct deposit for refunds into their bank accounts, he said. He said electronic filing is the most secure, effective and quickest way to file.
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