November 18, 2010 | 5:00am
This might be the best five minutes of your day.
Click on the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on the IRS Web site, IRS.gov, and follow the instructions.
A total of 111,893 taxpayers are currently eligible to access a refund pool of $164.6 million that could not be delivered because of mailing address errors, the agency said yesterday.
The checks average $1,471, and some people may be due more than one.
“If you think you are missing a refund, the sooner you update your address information, the quicker you can get your money,” IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said.
If a refund check is returned to the IRS as undelivered, taxpayers can generally update their
addresses, using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool. The toll-free number is 1-800-829-1954.
The IRS said a small percentage of checks mailed out are returned as undelivered.
Taxpayers can also check the status of their refunds at the same spot. The tool will provide the status of a refund and, in some cases, instructions on how to resolve delivery problems.
The agency has encouraged taxpayers to file returns electronically and use direct deposit to avoid such problems. About 99 million people, or nearly 70 percent of all returns, filed electronically in 2010.
The IRS does not contact taxpayers via e-mail regarding refunds, but warned that there are common scams online that send messages that appear to be from the IRS.