IRS says $1.2M refunds undelivered in Mississippi

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - By Ashley Conroy

JACKSON, MS - Holiday season is here and many Mississippians might have delayed their shopping because they never received their 2009 tax refund. The IRS says 1,028 people have yet to receive it, leaving almost $1.2 million owed to tax payers.

The entire list from the Internal Revenue Service shows the names of Mississippi taxpayers who are still due a check. IRS spokesperson Dee Stepter said the goal is to notify everyone because some may not even realize their names are on the list.

"We want to assure these individuals there is no time limit for reissuing refunds that have been returned to the IRS as undelivered," Stepter said.

She said there's a simple reason why folks haven't received their checks: the IRS doesn't know where to send it.

"We are urging people to update their address as soon as possible, because it will take four to six weeks to reissue their check."

Long time tax preparer Tony Hufman said the reason the information often doesn't get updated is the difference in e-filing, and filing by mail.

"Electronic filing speeds up the refund, direct deposit puts it directly into your bank account," Huffman said. "You don't have to worry about someone stealing your check out of your mail box, you don't have to worry about it being lost in the mail."

He said the best way to receive your refund check timely is to contact the IRS and update your information.

"IRS may have mailed that refund check to another address. So if you've moved, relocated, you need to send a change of address form to the IRS."

Taxpayers can update their addresses with the "Where's My Refund?" tool on by submitting their Social Security number, filing status and the amount of the refund shown on their 2009 return, or by calling 1-800-829-1954.