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Department of Taxation and Finance

Lost, stolen, destroyed, and uncashed refund checks

Lost, stolen, or destroyed checks

If your refund check is lost, stolen, or destroyed, contact the Personal Income Tax Information Center.

Uncashed refund checks

If you received Form DTF-32, Notice to Owner of an Uncashed Check, and have your tax refund check, cash it now. If you do not have your tax refund check, complete, sign, and return Form DTF-32 in the enclosed envelope no later than the response date on the form.

Refund checks issued to deceased individuals

If you have a jointly issued check for you and your deceased spouse

If your refund check is jointly issued to you and your deceased spouse, you may be able to deposit or cash the refund at your bank. If you cannot, contact the Personal Income Tax Information Center.

If you have a refund check for someone else who is deceased

If the deceased individual received Form DTF-32, Notice to Owner of an Uncashed Check, and today's date is:

  • past March 10 and their notice is more than one year old, contact the State Comptroller's Office of Unclaimed Funds or call 1-800-221-9311 for assistance.
  • before March 10, have the beneficiary or estate administrator for the deceased submit the signed and completed notice to the NYS Tax Dept., Division of Treasury, PO Box 22119, Albany NY 12201.
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