Incorrect address data on thousands of tax refunds has resulted in the checks being sent back to the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) as returned mail, reports the Gainesville Times.
More than 4,000 checks worth around $5 million had to be returned by the United States Postal Service, with each check written to an average value of $1,233, according to officials at the IRS.
The IRS said Georgia residents missing their checks can contact them with details of their new address data, at which point the checks will be re-sent. There is no time limit as the money is the property of each taxpayer.
Mark S Green, a spokesman for the IRS, told the paper: "We issue out the check to their last known address, but unfortunately if it is a bad address, or if they have moved, then the check gets returned to us."
Taxpayers can opt to have their money credited directly into a bank account rather than being sent out in the mail.
There have been similar problems across the country, with around 700 checks sent back as returned mail from across Hawaii, reports the Honolulu Advertiser.