The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 314 Delaware taxpayers who can claim their share of undelivered refund checks totaling $496,000.


The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 314 Delaware taxpayers who can claim their share of undelivered refund checks totaling $496,000. These undelivered refund checks were returned to the IRS by the U.S. Postal Service due to mailing address errors. The IRS can reissue the checks, which average $1,580 after taxpayers correct or update their addresses with the IRS.

In Kent County, there are 50 undelivered refund checks, averaging $1,348 and totaling $67,416. In New Castle, there are 189 undelivered checks, averaging $1,548 and totaling $292,597. In Sussex, there are 75 undelivered checks, averaging $1,813 and totaling $135,989.

Nationally, there are 111,893 taxpayers with undelivered refunds, totaling $164.6 million with an average refund of $1,471.

“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,” said Gregg Semanick, IRS Delaware spokesman. “Some taxpayers are due more than one check.”

If a refund check is returned to the IRS as undelivered, taxpayers can generally update their addresses with the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on IRS.gov. The tool also enables taxpayers to check the status of their refunds. A taxpayer must submit his or her Social Security number, filing status and amount of refund shown on their 2009 return. The tool will provide the status of their refund and, in some cases, instructions on how to resolve delivery problems.

Taxpayers checking on a refund over the phone will receive instructions on how to update their addresses. Taxpayers can access a telephone version of “Where’s My Refund?” by calling 800-829-1954.