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Undeliverable Refund from the IRS… Really?!

In Accounting & Finances, Business, Taxes on February 1, 2012 by Sufen Wang Tagged: , , , , , , ,

IRS Seeks to Return Undelivered Refund Checks…

Are you missing your refund?  Don’t miss out on your missing money….

The IRS is doing a little year-end cleaning and they want to get rid of your money. Almost 100,000 taxpayers didn’t receive their tax refunds last year due to simple mailing address errors. That means over $153.3 million, or about $1,547 per check, in refund checks had to be sent back to the IRS offices because of scribbled, incorrect, or just plain missing addresses – and are just waiting to be returned.

So if you’re one of those people still asking “Where’s my refund?”, you might find the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on IRS.gov very useful (or call 1-800-829-1954). You can check the status of that mysteriously absent check and find instructions on how to resolve any delivery problems. These are the only ways to find out about your pending refund, so don’t be fooled by e-mails that look like they are sent by the IRS. Those messages are phishing scams and your computer will be grateful if you don’t open the attachments or click on any suspicious links. 
 
A word of advice on future filings, you really should just choose direct deposit when you file your return and completely avoid the hassle of lost, stolen, and undelivered checks. You can receive the tax refund directly into your bank account, divvy it up between two or three financial accounts, or even buy a savings bond! You might as well go digital all the way and file your tax return electronically, so that you don’t have to go all the way to the post office. The IRS also recommends e-file because it eliminates the risk of lost paper returns, reduces errors on tax returns, and speeds up refunds. This is particularly useful for taxpayers who can’t even read their own handwriting; well, maybe they can, while the IRS Revenue Agent has to guess what those numbers really are on their returns.
 
The IRS knows best when it comes to tax returns, so listen to its recommendation and use e-file and direct deposit to avoid future delivery problems. You can also literally listen to the IRS’ Undeliverable Refund Podcast for more information or check out the agency’s Undeliverable Refund Video.

 
On the Money
Sufen Wang
Wang Solutions
 

One Response to “Undeliverable Refund from the IRS… Really?!”

  1. It’s hard to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

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