Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Where’s My Tax Refund?

Attention tax payers! Do you think you may be missing an IRS income tax refund from a previous tax return? If so, then you may need to update your address information. The IRS currently has 107,831 refund checks to distribute which have been returned due to mailing address errors. Refund checks average $1,148 per check, totaling more than $123.5 million owed to tax payers nationwide.

Taxpayers who may be missing a refund can use the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on the IRS website to track their refund. By using this tool, the taxpayer may update their address information if necessary, and learn how to resolve outstanding issues with refund delivery. This may also be done by calling 1-800-829-1954, which connects callers with a telephone version of “Where’s My Refund?”

Taxpayers should be aware that the average refund may potentially be even higher this year as a result of several new or modified tax credits that filers may be eligible for. As always, taxpayers are strongly encouraged to use electronic filing and to choose direct deposit for their refunds. Use of these methods helps to avoid the potential lost or damaged paper return and/or lost, stolen, or undeliverable paper check. During the tax season, PathWays PA will again have VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) sites throughout Delaware County and Philadelphia. We will be posting information on tax sites and how to volunteer starting in the next few weeks.

--Rachel Ludman

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