More than $1.9M in tax refunds unclaimed

RICHMOND - The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 2,200 Virginia taxpayers whose federal income tax refund checks, totaling over $1.9 million were returned to the IRS by the U.S. Postal Service due to mailing address errors.

"We want Virginians to get this money as soon as possible. If you think you are missing a refund, please take a few minutes to visit IRS.gov or call the toll-free IRS Refund Hotline," said IRS Spokesman Jim Dupree. "The web site is open 24/7 to help you get your check."

All a taxpayer has to do is update his or her address once. The IRS will then send out all checks due. Undeliverable refund checks in Virginia average $903 this year, compared to $922 last year. Some taxpayers are due more than one check.

The vast majority of checks mailed out by the IRS each year reach their rightful owner. Only a very small percent are returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable.

Taxpayers checking on a refund over the phone will be given instructions on how to update their addresses. Taxpayers can access a telephone version of "Where's My Refund?" by calling 1-800-829-1954.

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