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$2.2 million in U.S. tax refunds due Washington residents

by December 5th, 2011

The Internal Revenue Service announced today that 2,087 Washington state taxpayers are due a total of $2.2 million in refunds for their 2010 federal taxes, which could not be delivered because of wrong mailing addresses. If you think you may be in that group, you can use the IRS tool, Where’s My Refund? to check, and update your contact information so you can receive a refund owed. A telephone version of the service is at 1-800-829-1954.

In a press release issued today, the IRS recommends that when completing their federal tax returns each year, consumers chose the “direct deposit” option, to a selected bank account or accounts, for any refunds that may be due. More than 78.4 million taxpayers opted for direct deposit to be used if they were due refunds from their 2010 tax returns, most of which were filed in April, 2011. The agency also recommends electronic tax filing, chosen by 8 out 10 filers. A combination of direct deposit for refunds and e-filing minimizes risk of refunds being delayed or lost, according to the IRS.

The agency also reminds taxpayers it never uses email to provide notification of tax refunds due, and if they receive an email claiming to be from the IRS, and regarding a tax refund, they shouldn’t open it.

Nationally, 99,123 taxpayers are due refunds totaling $153.3 million.

Below is a screen-shot of the IRS “Where’s My Refund” online tool. Note that to use it, you will need to have your tax return in hand.

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