WASHINGTON — Nearly 100,000 taxpayers are missing out on income tax refunds because the checks sent by the Internal Revenue Service were returned as undeliverable.
The IRS said Thursday that the average refund for the 95,746 taxpayers whose checks were returned was $963. The checks, worth a total of $92.2 million, can be claimed as soon as the owners update their addresses with the agency.
In Los Angeles County, there are 4,148 checks worth nearly $4.4 million, or an average of $1,059 per refund, the IRS said. Last year, the agency was unable to deliver checks to about 4,100 taxpayers in Los Angeles County. The average undelivered refund in the county last year was $915, the IRS said.
Across California, about 14,200 checks worth $13.9 million have bounced back to the IRS as undeliverable this year.
The IRS directed people who never got their checks to the "Where's My Refund?" feature on its home page, www.irs.gov. They can also call (800) 829-1954.