Across Connecticut, $1.53 million in unclaimed Internal Revenue Service refund checks sent to 1,013 people were returned to the IRS year.

In an effort to get the checks into the hands of their rightful taxpayers, the IRS is making public a list of those eligible to claim those refunds.

In Fairfield, there are nine taxpayers with refunds available (listed below).

"We want to make sure taxpayers get the money owed to them," said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. "If you think you are missing a refund, the sooner you update your address information, the quicker you can get your money."

In Fairfield County, 291 taxpayers had refunds returned to the IRS. The average refund is $1,347 and the sum of the refunds is $392,025.

"A taxpayer only needs to update his or her address once for the IRS to send out all checks due'" said Gregg Semanick, IRS Connecticut spokesman. "Some taxpayers are due more than one check."

The best way for an individual to verify if she or he has a pending refund is to check online at www.IRS.gov and use the "Where's My Refund?" tool.

If a refund check is returned to the IRS as undelivered, taxpayers can generally update their addresses with the "Where's My Refund?" tool on that website. The tool also enables taxpayers to check the status of their refunds. A taxpayer must submit his or her Social Security number, filing status and amount of refund shown on their 2009 return. The tool will provide the status of their refund and, in some cases, instructions on how to resolve delivery problems.

Taxpayers checking on a refund over the phone will receive instructions on how to update their addresses. Taxpayers can access a telephone version of "Where's My Refund?" by calling 1-800-829-1954.

The following Fairfield residents have unclaimed tax refunds:

John J. D'Amico

"¢ Osmilda Delrosario

"¢ Ruoyun Gu

Ilonia M. Kuzlik

Rashmi Singhvi

"¢ Gianni Tuozzoli

Sarah A. Brady

David A. Galemba

Silvia A. Mogrovejo