Uncle Sam has money to give back

By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal

If you’re looking for a little extra cash for the holidays, you might want to check with the IRS.
With nearly $165 million in undelivered tax refund checks, the IRS wants to “make sure taxpayers get the money owed 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 total of 111,893 taxpayers are due one or more refund checks that could not be delivered because of mailing address errors.
In Mississippi, 1,028 people have undeliverable checks, totaling $1,175,685.
IRS spokeswoman Dee Harris Stepter said the average Mississippi refund is $1,144, compared to $1,471 nationally.
An IRS county-by-county report for Mississippi showed 128 people in Northeast Mississippi are owed at least $61,000 via refund checks. Average refunds and the total amount, however, were not reported for counties with 10 or fewer taxpayers.
But in Lee County, 22 people are owed an average of $749, or $16,470. In Lafayette County, 20 people are owed an average of $1,055, or $21,110. In Alcorn County, checks averaging $609, or $6,698, belong to 11 people.
Overall, the average dollar amount for returned checks rose more than 28 percent this year, due in part to recent tax law changes that introduced new credits or expanded existing credits, the IRS said.

How to check
- To see if you are owed money, go online to IRS.gov and use the “Where’s My Refund” tool, which enables people to check the status of refunds.
A taxpayer must submit his or her Social Security number, filing status and amount of refund shown on his or her 2009 return.
The tool will provide the status of the refund and, in some cases, instructions on how to resolve delivery problems.
People can also call (800) 829-1954 to check on the status of a refund and to get instructions on how to update their addresses.