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IRS: Deadline Is Looming to Claim Refunds

March 14, 2013

Jeff Harrington, Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Fla.

About 63,000 Floridians better hustle if they don't want to lose out on tens of millions worth of tax refunds due them.

We're not talking about refunds on 2012 income taxes.

The refunds in question are from the 2009 tax year. The deadline for filing a late return for 2009 income is April 15. After that, any unclaimed money becomes property of the U.S. Treasury.

By IRS estimates, potential refunds totalling more than $917 million are waiting for 984,400 taxpayers across the country who never filed a 2009 return.

The three-year window of opportunity to file is closing on 62,700 Floridians due $61 million in refunds. The median potential refund in Florida: $577.

Nationally, Florida is fourth among states with taxpayers leaving money on the table, behind California, Texas and New York.

Beyond the ranks of the procrastinators, the IRS said some may not have filed because they had too little income required to file a return yet taxes were still withheld from their wages.

Windfall seekers, however, are urged to read the fine print. Refund checks for 2009 may be held for those who have not filed a return for 2010 or 2011. Plus, the refund could shrink or disappear if the taxpayer still owes other amounts to the IRS or a state agency. Any unpaid child support or past due federal debts like student loans could cut into the refund as well.

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Source: (c)2013 the Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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