The Internal Revenue Service said it has more than $2.2 million in unclaimed tax refund checks just waiting for Commonwealth taxpayers to pick up as soon as they update their mailing addresses. The IRS said Thursday there’s an average $1,254 waiting for more than 1,800 taxpayers whose refund checks were returned to the IRS as undeliverable. In some cases, a taxpayer may have more than one check waiting. “Every year, many taxpayers miss their refunds because they move without notifying the IRS or postal service of a change of address,” IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson said.

Refund checks can go astray for a variety of reasons. Sometimes a life change results in a change of address. When a taxpayer moves or changes address and fails to notify the IRS or the U.S. Postal Service, a check sent to the taxpayer’s last known address is returned to the IRS.

Taxpayers can use the “Where’s My Refund?” feature on the home page of the www.IRS.gov Web site to learn the status of their refunds.

To use it, a taxpayer must enter a Social Security number, filing status — such as single or married filing jointly — and the refund amount shown on the taxpayer’s 2005 tax return. When the information is submitted, “Where’s My Refund?” will display the status of a refund and, in some cases, provide instructions on how to resolve potential account issues.

Taxpayers can access a telephone version of “Where’s My Refund?” by calling 1-800-829-1954.

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