CHICAGO (AP) -- The Internal Revenue Service is looking for nearly 3,600 Illinoisans -- but not for the reasons they probably think.
The IRS owes those folks money, on average more than $1,000 apiece.
Sue Hales is spokeswoman for the IRS in Illinois. She says the postal service has returned almost 3,600 refund checks to the agency as undeliverable.
Those undelivered checks are worth more than $3.6 million.
Hales says all the IRS needs is an updated address so the checks can be reissued.
The IRS says people can avoid the delay in getting their refunds by having the money directly deposited into their bank accounts.
Taxpayers can check to see if the IRS owes them cash by visiting www.irs.gov and clicking on the "Where's My Refund" link.
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