IRS Tax Refund Search – Unclaimed Checks

Last year the IRS had 99,123 refund checks totaling $153 million – an average of over $1500 per taxpayer – returned by the post office as undeliverable, due to unreported changes of name and/or address. The previous year 111,893 refund checks worth $165 million were not cashed by taxpayers.
Undeliverable income tax refunds, tax rebates and stimulus checks are but one small component of unclaimed funds held by the IRS. A significantly greater number of checks are delivered, but for one reason or another are never cashed. Estimates are the total amount outstanding is in excess of $6 billion.

Taxpayers must request reissue if a tax refund check has been lost, destroyed or voided due to the passage of time. U.S. Treasury checks, including those issued by the IRS, are negotiable for one year from the date of issue.

For a search of the IRS undelivered refund database and to obtain recovery and claims information on tax refunds order our Special Report: IRS Tax Refund Search