HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Internal Revenue Service is looking to return $153.3 million in undelivered tax refund checks across the nation. In all, 99,123 taxpayers are due refund checks this year that could not be delivered because of mailing address errors.
The agency wants to return $716,438 in refunds to 585 Hawaii taxpayers. The average undelivered refund check nationally is $1,547. The Hawaii average undelivered refund is $1,225.
Taxpayers who believe their refund check may have been returned to the IRS as undeliverable should use the "Where's My Refund?" tool on IRS.gov. The tool will provide the status of their refund and, in some cases, instructions on how to resolve delivery problems.
The IRS also recommends that taxpayers file their tax returns electronically, because e-file eliminates the risk of lost paper returns.
The IRS says it does not contact taxpayers by e-mail to alert them of pending refunds and does not ask for personal or financial information through email. The IRS says such messages are common phishing scams.