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IRS seeks taxpayers who have not received their 2009 refunds

ST. PAUL -- The Internal Revenue Service is looking for more than 1,200 Minnesotans who have not received refund checks.

Nationally, 111,893 taxpayers are due one or more of the $164.6 million in refund checks that could have not been delivered because of mailing address errors.

Someone who realizes they have missed a refund can receive it by providing an updated address to the IRS, according to a news release from the agency.

Undelivered refund checks in Minnesota average $1,088 this year, up $79 from 2009. Nationally, the checks average $1,471, compared to $1,148 last year. Some taxpayers are due more than one check.

The average dollar amount for returned refunds rose about 28 percent this year, possibly due to recent changes in tax law which introduced new credits or expanded existing credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

The IRS has checks for taxpayers all over Minnesota, but the top counties are Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Anoka, Stearns, St. Louis, Washington and Olmsted.

If a refund check is returned to the IRS as undelivered, taxpayers can generally update their addresses with the "Where's My Refund?" tool on The tool also enables taxpayers to check the status of their refunds. A taxpayer must submit his or her Social Security number, filing status and amount of refund shown on their 2009 return. The tool will provide the status of their refund and, in some cases, instructions on how to resolve delivery problems.

Taxpayers can access a telephone version of "Where's My Refund?" by calling 1-800-829-1954.

While only a small percentage of checks mailed out by the IRS are returned as undelivered, taxpayers can put an end to lost, stolen or undelivered checks by choosing direct deposit when they file their tax returns.

The IRS also recommends that taxpayers file their tax returns electronically, because e-file eliminates the risk o