2011-12-14 / Features

Schumer: 3,400 NYers Owed IRS Refunds

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says 3,400 taxpayers, 1,026 in Queens, who listed their wrong addresses on income tax returns are owed refunds. The senator has set up a new page on his Web site, he said, which anyone who thinks they might have a refund owed to them, can check out.

The Web connection is http://schumer.senate.gov/Services for New Yorkers/tax_ time_ assistance.htm.

Schumer said the average outstanding refund is $1,780 for a citywide total of $8.46 million refunds owed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

“These unclaimed refunds could make the perfect gift this holiday season for hard-pressed NYC families…,” said the lawmaker. “It’s as if there are over 3,400 presents just sitting at the North Pole waiting to get to NYC families.”

On the secure Web site, Schumer said, taxpayers can enter their Social Security number, filing status and their refund amount from their tax return to determine if it’s still outstanding with the IRS, or contact the IRS by phone at 1-800-829-1954.

Schumer said refund checks are mailed to a taxpayer’s last known mailing address, and are returned to the IRS in the event that an individual has moved or is no longer listed at that address. Or it’s possible that someone moved without notifying the U.S. Postal Service and their refund was returned to the IRS.

In Queens, the 1,026 taxpayers are owed refunds averaging $1,667, Schumer said.

—John Toscano

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