Last year the IRS had
99,123 tax refund checks worth $153.3 million - an average of $1547 per
taxpayer - returned by the post office as undeliverable, due to
unreported changes of name and/or address; down slightly from the
previous year, when 111,893 refund checks worth $165 million went
If you've moved since filing
your last return, be sure to file IRS Form 8822 - "Change of Address" to
avoid this problem in the future. This is particularly important after a
death or marriage, and to college students who file a return in the
spring using a campus address.
Undeliverable income tax refunds, tax rebates and stimulus checks are
but one small component of unclaimed funds held by the IRS. A
significantly greater number of checks are delivered, but for one reason
or another are never cashed. Estimates are the total amount outstanding
is in excess of $6 billion.
Taxpayers must request reissue if a tax refund check has been
lost, destroyed or voided due to the passage of time. U.S.
Treasury checks, including those issued by the IRS, are negotiable for
one year from the date of issue.
For a search of the IRS
undelivered refund database and to obtain recovery and claims
information on tax refunds complete the form below.