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 unclaimed. 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.