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Uncle Sam may have some money for you
About 100,000 Americans have a reason to look forward to contacting the Internal Revenue Service: Uncle Sam has some money for them.
The IRS announced Wednesday that 99,123 taxpayers are due refund checks, and these checks aren’t small change. The average undelivered refund check is $1,547, up about 5 percent from last year.
The IRS is hoping to pay out a total of $153.3 million in refund checks that couldn’t be delivered because of mailing address problems.
You can check to see if the IRS has a check waiting for you by going to the government’s Where’s My Refund? website. (You will want a copy of your tax return in front of you.)
Even if you think you are owed a refund, watch out for scams. The IRS does not contact people by e-mail, and it doesn’t ask you to send your personal information by e-mail, so if you receive those communications, they are probably bogus.
About 100,000 taxpayers a year typically see their tax refund checks returned as undelivered, IRS spokesman Eric Smith said.
The IRS has been pushing people to file electronically and to get their refunds deposited directly into their bank accounts to avoid snafus. Even if you mail in a paper tax return, Smith said you can choose to have the IRS send your refund directly into your bank account.
“Everybody wants the money and they want it as quickly as possible,” Smith said. “We want to help them to get it.”