Extra holiday cash? IRS may have YOUR money

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WSFA) - Need a little extra cash for your holiday shopping? The Internal Revenue Service may have money that belongs to you!

Statewide, the IRS says it's holding 1,948 refund checks that were undeliverable. The total amount from the unreturned money: $2.26 million. The IRS says the average check is approximately $1,159.

Alabamians who are owned some refund cash aren't alone. Nationwide, there are more than 99,000 checks waiting for their owners.

So what do you do? Use the "Where's My Refund?" tool on IRS.gov. The tool provides the status of refunds and, in some cases, instructions on how to resolve delivery problems.

Taxpayers checking on a refund over the phone will receive instructions on how to update their addresses. Taxpayers can access a telephone version of "Where's My Refund?" by calling 1-800-829-1954.

Be wary of scams! The Grinch doesn't take the holidays off. (Come to think of it, that's exactly when he's doing the most damage in the movie...)

The IRS does not contact taxpayers by e-mail to alert them of pending refunds and does not ask for personal or financial information through email.  Such messages are common phishing scams.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Internal Revenue Service

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