The Internal Revenue Service is putting out an all-points bulletin for Massachusetts taxpayers who are collectively owed $3 million in refunds - or an average of more than $1,000 each.
The IRS said yesterday that refunds sent to 2,190 Bay State taxpayers were returned as undeliverable, and the average amount of the refunds owed was $1,357.
A refund is normally returned as undeliverable when a taxpayer moves without updating his or her address with either the Postal Service or the IRS. About one refund in a thousand is returned as undeliverable, the IRS said.
The refund checks can be claimed as soon as taxpayers update their addresses with the IRS, the agency said.
Local taxpayers who believe they are owed a refund can check their status by visiting the agency's website at irs.gov and clicking on "Where's My Refund?" and following the directions, the IRS said.
"Taxpayers should not miss out on getting their money back," Peggy Riley, an IRS spokeswoman, said. "The IRS makes it as easy as possible for taxpayers to update their addresses and claim their refunds."