(Note: This post contains some material from an IRS media release)
The Internal Revenue Service is looking to return $2.48 million in undelivered refund checks. A total of 2,091 Tennessee taxpayers are due one or more refund checks totaling $2.48 million. The checks could not be delivered because of mailing address errors.
In Tennessee, undelivered refund checks average $1,188 this year, compared to $958 last year. Nationwide, the average undelivered check is $1,471, compared to $1,148 last year. The increase is possibly due to recent changes in tax law which introduced new credits or expanded existing credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.
“Getting your taxes prepared by a trained VITA tax preparer is one way to make sure the IRS has your correct address, and that your refund will be properly delivered,” said Dave Skorupa, V.P. of Communications with United Way of the Mid-South. “Taxpayers need to be on the lookout: The IRS informs us that e-mails alerting people of ‘pending refunds’ are never from the IRS but may actually be dangerous attempt at identity-theft.”
If you want FREE help in safely filing your taxes and claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit, call 2-1-1 (alternate number 901.415.2790) and ask about the VITA site in your area.
For more information about claiming undelivered IRS refund checks, visit this related story from our friends at WPTY ABC 24: http://snipurl.com/1hg2ay.