IRS seeks to return nearly $5 million in undelivered checks

The Internal Revenue Service is looking to return about $5 million in undelivered refund checks to taxpayers in the Carolinas.

“We want to make sure taxpayers get the money owed to them,” IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said in a news release. “If you think you are missing a refund, the sooner you update your address information, the quicker you can get your money.”

More than 4,400 Carolina taxpayers are due one or more refund checks that could not be delivered because of mailing address errors, according to Mark Hanson, IRS spokesperson for North Carolina and South Carolina.

A taxpayer should update his or her address once for the Internal Revenue Service to send out all checks due. Nationwide, undelivered refund checks average $1,471 this year, compared to $1,148 last year. Some taxpayers are due more than one check.

The average dollar amount for returned refunds rose by almost 28 percent this year, possibly due to recent changes in tax law, which introduced new credits or expanded existing credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

If a refund check is returned to the Internal Revenue Service as undelivered, taxpayers can generally update their addresses with the “Where’s My Refund?” tool at 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.

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