‘IRS Seeks to Return $164.6 Million in Undelivered Checks to Taxpayers; Recommends E-file and Direct Deposit to Eliminate Future Delivery Problems ‘
The Internal Revenue Service is looking to return $164.6 million in undelivered refund checks. Nationwide, a total of 111,893 taxpayers are due one or more refund checks that could not be delivered because of mailing address errors.
In Louisiana, 1,618 taxpayers are owed money due to undeliverable refunds. The average refund owed to Louisiana taxpayers is $1,148.00
For Louisiana, undelivered refund checks average is up from $1,080 last year.
The total amount of refunds due to Louisiana taxpayers is $1,857,999.00
“We want to make sure taxpayers get the money owed to them,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “If you think you are missing a refund, the sooner you update your address information, the quicker you can get your money.”
A taxpayer only needs to update his or her address once for the IRS to send out all checks due. Undelivered refund checks average $1,471 this year, compared to $1,148 last year. Some taxpayers are due more than one check.
The public should be aware that the IRS does not contact taxpayers by e-mail to alert them of pending refunds and that such messages are common identity theft scams. The agency urges taxpayers not to release any personal information, reply, open any attachments or click on any links to avoid malicious code that will infect their computers. The best way for an individual to verify if she or he has a pending refund is going directly to IRS.gov and using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool.