Schumer: Some in S. Tier owed back tax refunds

Staff reports

More than 25 people in Chemung and Steuben counties have federal tax refunds because that have not been delivered because of mailing address errors, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Wednesday, Dec. 7.

To help resolve the issue, the New York Democrat has set up a new section on his website that will assist New Yorkers in determining if they’re owed a refund by the IRS.

In total, 7,200 New Yorkers are owed a refund but have not yet collected, including 18 people in Steuben County and nine in Chemung County. No one in Schuyler County is owed a refund, according to Schumer.

In Steuben County, the average refund owed is $733, Schumer said. The senator did not have a monetary value for the unpaid refunds in Chemung County. Overall, the average unclaimed refund in New York is more than $2,000.

You can visit schumer.senate.gov/Services for New Yorkers/tax_time_assistance.htm, or call the IRS directly at (800) 829-1954. Taxpayers who check their status online will receive the update within 72 hours, while individuals who mail their tax return to the IRS can expect a refund update within three to four weeks.