IRS Tax Refunds and Unclaimed Stimulus Payments

Last year the IRS had 99,123 tax refund checks worth $153 million – an average of $1547 per taxpayer – returned by the post office as undeliverable, due to unreported changes of name and/or address.  Taxpayers should ensure they file IRS Form 8822 – “Change of Address” when they move. This is particularly important after a death or marriage, and for college students who file a return in the spring using a campus address.

Undeliverable income tax refunds 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.

As of late 2020, 8,863,344 Americans still had failed to claim $1200 Economic Impact Payments worth $10.6 billion.  Billions more in unclaimed stimulus checks are expected from stimulus payments of $600 [authorized December 2020] and $1400 [authorized March 2021].

U.S. Treasury checks, including those issued by the IRS, are negotiable for one year from the date of issue. Taxpayers must request reissue if a tax refund check has been lost, destroyed or voided due to the passage of time.

For recovery and claims information assistance on unclaimed, lost or IRS tax refunds and stimulus payments that were never received, complete the form below: