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Refund checks unclaimed

refund checks The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 1,400 Washington State taxpayers who have not gotten their refund checks.
   "The average undelivered refund is $582.50," said Judy Monahan, spokesperson for the Seattle District of the IRS.
   This past year, Washington state taxpayers filed over 2.4 million individual tax returns.
   "Very few refund checks do not get delivered," said Monahan. "Often, the taxpayer has moved and not sent IRS a change of address--Form 8822--or the handwriting on the tax return's address is not legible enough to mail the refund."
   Monahan said taxpayers can avoid delays in getting their refunds by providing accurate information and using the preaddressed label in their tax package.
   Also, taxpayers who file returns electronically, as well as on paper, can have their refund deposited directly into their bank account.
   For the first time, 1995 individual income tax returns filed on paper can have a direct deposit by using form 8888, Direct Deposit of Refund.
   Direct deposit eliminates the possibility of lost, stolen, or undeliverable refund checks.
   Though every year there are thousands of undeliverable refunds, the total is small compared to the total number of delivered refunds.
   Last filing season, 1,700,000 refunds were delivered to Washington state taxpayers.