IRS to taxpayers: Use site to check on checks

The IRS today urged taxpayers to use its online refund-tracking feature to determine why they have not received their advance child tax credit check.

The Where's My Refund? feature at www.irs.gov can help taxpayers solve problems, such as incorrect addresses, IRS officials said.

The IRS said 115,744 child tax credit checks worth more than $50 million were undeliverable after the service issued them July and August. Taxpayers have until Dec. 5 to claim their undelivered child tax credit checks. After that, taxpayers cannot claim the checks until they file their tax returns next year, IRS commissioner Mark Everson said.

The IRS issued nearly 24 million checks worth more than $14 billion in an advance of the increased child tax credit.

"Our Web site makes it easy for taxpayers to track undelivered checks," Everson said. 'Our goal is to get this money back in the hands of the people it belongs to, and we want to get the checks out as soon as possible.'

Taxpayers enter information including their Social Security numbers and their filing status, such as single or married filing jointly, the refund amount shown on their 2002 tax returns and the number of exemptions shown on their 2002 tax returns.

When the information is submitted online, taxpayers can view Web pages that show the status of their refunds or child tax credit. In many cases, they also get instructions about solving problems. If the IRS has the wrong address, taxpayers must update the address information before the IRS can reissue the checks.


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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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