What happens if my refund check is stolen?

What happens if my refund check is stolen?

If your refund check was lost, stolen, destroyed or not received and has not been cashed, we can normally provide a replacement within six to eight weeks. If your refund check has been cashed, you will receive a photocopy of the check and a Form 1133, from the Bureau of the Fiscal Service (BFS) to initiate a claim.

Can someone steal your tax refund check?

Tax filing season is notorious for criminals that exploit the digital systems that process tax refunds. With as little as your name, Social Security Number, and birthdate identity thieves can steal your tax refund check.

Will the IRS replace a lost refund check?

If you lost your IRS refund check (or failed to cash it in before the 1-year expiration date), call the IRS at 1-800-829-1954 to initiate a refund trace. The Bureau of Fiscal Service may need to review your claim before they can re-issue your IRS refund check, which can take up to 6 weeks to complete.

Can someone cash a stolen IRS check?

In Case of Fraud Unfortunately, it is possible for someone else to cash your refund check without your knowledge or permission. This can happen if the check ends up at the wrong address or if it’s intercepted en route to you. Find out when to expect your check with the IRS’ refund status system.

What happens if someone cashes your tax refund check?

You will receive a letter with forged warrant affidavits that need to be signed and notarized, along with a claim form and a direct deposit form. Complete and return this information to us for review. You will be issued a replacement check if it is determined that the original refund check was cashed by someone else.

How long does it take the IRS to trace a check?

6 weeks
You will generally receive a response 6 weeks after we receive your request for a payment trace, but there may be delays due to limited staffing. Get up-to-date status on affected IRS operations and services.

What happens if someone else cashed my tax refund check?

If you endorsed your refund check but another person cashed it without your consent, the IRS cannot issue you a replacement check, according to the IRS. For this reason, never endorse a refund check until you are at the bank and ready to cash it.

How do I know if my IRS check was cashed?

Answer: Yes, if you need to know whether your federal tax refund check was cashed, you can initiate a refund trace by using one of the following methods: Call us at 800-829-1954 (toll-free) and either use the automated system or speak with a representative.

What if the IRS never received my tax return?

Receiving IRS Letter 4903 If the IRS has no record of your tax return, you may receive IRS letter 4903. Generally, if you receive this letter, you’ll have 10 days to respond to the IRS. Learn more about IRS Letter 4903 and how the Tax Pros at H&R Block can help you.