An average refund of $963 is waiting for 95,746 taxpayers nationwide whose refund checks have been returned to the Internal Revenue Service as undeliverable. The checks, worth a total of $92.2 million, can be claimed as soon as their owners update their addresses with the IRS. In some cases, a taxpayer has more than one check waiting.

Refund checks often go astray when a taxpayer moves after submitting their tax return and fails to notify either the U.S. Postal Service or the IRS. When that happens, a check sent to the taxpayer’s last known address is returned to the IRS.

Taxpayers who believe they’re due a refund that they didn’t receive can go to the IRS Web site at and click on “Where’s My Refund?

Taxpayers can also update their addresses with the IRS using Form 8822, Change of Address. The form can be downloaded from or requested by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676).

To put an end to undelivered refunds, taxpayers can opt for Direct Deposit. That way, their refunds go directly into a personal checking and/or savings account. Direct Deposit, which also guards against theft or lost refund checks, is available for filers of both paper and electronic returns.

More information is available on our website.