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I have misplaced my refund check. What do I do?

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I have misplaced my refund check. What do I do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Richard replied 1 year ago.

Good morning. My name is ***** ***** I look forward to helping you.

Pursuant to the IRS (, when you lose your refund check:

"You can call us at(###) ###-####(toll-free) and either use the automated system or speak with an agent.

  • If you filed a married filing jointly return, you cannot initiate a trace using the automated systems. The IRS will issue you a Form 3911 (.pdf), Taxpayer Statement Regarding Refund, to get the replacement process started or you can download the form.

Once your claim for a missing refund is processed, if the check was not cashed, you will receive a replacement after the original check is cancelled. If the refund check was cashed, the Bureau of the Fiscal Service (BFS) will provide you with a claim package that includes a copy of the cashed check. BFS will review your claim and the signature on the cancelled check before determining whether they can issue you a replacement check. The BFS review can take up to six weeks to complete."

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Expert:  Richard replied 1 year ago.

Please let me know if I can provide any further direction for you.