That’s the fate of tax rebate checks totaling $163 million. They were sent to 279,000 recipients, but were delivered to the wrong addresses.
So the IRS is holding onto the money and hoping to unite the checks, which average $583, with their proper owners.
The agency asks taxpayers who moved or missed their rebate checks to update their addresses by Nov. 28, so the checks can be delivered by the end of the year. To date, the IRS has delivered rebates to some 116 million people.
Anyone whose rebate check has gone AWOL can visit the IRS website’s “Where’s My Stimulus Payment?” page, to get instructions on how to provide the correct address.
For more information on this and on missing 2007 tax refunds, read The TurboTax article, “IRS Seeks Owners of Undeliverable Tax Rebates and 2007 Refunds.“