For years the Internal Revenue Service has encouraged taxpayers to receive their refunds through direct deposit. The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that it is looking to return $153.3 million in undelivered tax refund checks. In all, 99,123 taxpayers are due refund checks for last year that could not be delivered because of mailing address errors. The undelivered refund checks average $1,547.

Taxpayers who believe their refund check may have been returned to the IRS as undelivered should use the "Where's My Refund?" tool on 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 1-800-829-1954.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently announced that New York State has over 7,000 state refund checks returned by the post office as un-deliverable due to address issues. These checks total about $14.5 million or an average of over $2,000 per check, sitting in a bin somewhere in Albany.

Direct deposit is definitely the way to go!!

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