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IRS Has $1.1 Billion for People Who Have Not Filed a 2007 Income Tax Return

 

IR-2011-21, Feb. 28, 2011

WASHINGTON — Refunds totaling more than $1.1 billion may be waiting for nearly 1.1 million people who did not file a federal income tax return for 2007, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. However, to collect the money, a return for 2007 must be filed with the IRS no later than Monday, April 18, 2011.

The IRS estimates that half of these potential 2007 refunds are $640 or more.

Some people may not have filed because they had too little income to require filing a tax return even though they had taxes withheld from their wages or made quarterly estimated payments. In cases where a return was not filed, the law provides most taxpayers with a three-year window of opportunity for claiming a refund. If no return is filed to claim a refund within three years, the money becomes property of the U.S. Treasury.

For 2007 returns, the window closes on April 18, 2011. The law requires that the return be properly addressed, mailed and postmarked by that date. There is no penalty for filing a late return qualifying for a refund.

The IRS reminds taxpayers seeking a 2007 refund that their checks will be held if they have not filed tax returns for 2008 and 2009. In addition, the refund will be applied to any amounts still owed to the IRS, and may be used to offset unpaid child support or past due federal debts such as student loans.

By failing to file a return, people stand to lose more than a refund of taxes withheld or paid during 2007. In addition, many low-and-moderate income workers may not have claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC helps individuals and families whose incomes are below certain thresholds, which in 2007 were $39,783 for those with two or more children, $35,241 for people with one child, and $14,590 for those with no children. For more information, visit the EITC Home Page.

Current and prior year tax forms and instructions are available on the Forms and Publications page of IRS.gov or by calling toll-free 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676). Taxpayers who are missing Forms W-2, 1098, 1099 or 5498 for 2007, 2008 or 2009 should request copies from their employer, bank or other payer. If these efforts are unsuccessful, taxpayers can get a free transcript showing information from these year-end documents by ordering on-line, calling 1-800-908-9946, or by filing Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, with the IRS.

Individuals Who Did Not File a 2007 Return with a Potential Refund
 

State

Individuals

Median

Potential

Refund

Total

Potential

Refunds ($000)*

 

Alabama

17,600

$634

$15,649

 

Alaska

5,200

$688

$6,545

 

Arizona

31,000

$543

$29,217

 

Arkansas

9,100

$606

$8,111

 

California

124,000

$597

$129,205

 

Colorado

20,900

$588

$21,591

 

Connecticut

11,900

$714

$14,769

 

Delaware

4,000

$658

$4,121

 

District of Columbia

4,400

$629

$4,751

 

Florida

74,500

$665

$87,293

 

Georgia

36,800

$590

$35,475

 

Hawaii

7,600

$717

$8,960

 

Idaho

4,600

$540

$4,340

 

Illinois

38,800

$692

$44,168

 

Indiana

20,200

$679

$19,864

 

Iowa

9,500

$668

$8,411

 

Kansas

10,400

$621

$9,601

 

Kentucky

11,200

$660

$10,449

 

Louisiana

19,500

$663

$20,327

 

Maine

3,600

$606

$4,398

 

Maryland

25,100

$645

$27,727

 

Massachusetts

23,000

$701

$26,881

 

Michigan

30,800

$663

$31,943

 

Minnesota

14,000

$604

$13,786

 

Mississippi

9,400

$585

$8,440

 

Missouri

20,300

$604

$18,588

 

Montana

3,400

$607

$3,185

 

Nebraska

4,700

$620

$4,509

 

Nevada

15,000

$630

$15,575

 

New Hampshire

3,900

$741

$4,960

 

New Jersey

31,000

$705

$36,504

 

New Mexico

7,900

$594

$7,510

 

New York

62,600

$706

$78,405

 

North Carolina

29,300

$565

$26,385

 

North Dakota

1,600

$635

$1,877

 

Ohio

33,200

$620

$30,240

 

Oklahoma

15,200

$620

$14,280

 

Oregon

17,600

$521

$15,309

 

Pennsylvania

34,600

$686

$35,317

 

Rhode Island

3,100

$644

$3,380

 

South Carolina

12,400

$561

$11,132

 

South Dakota

2,000

$639

$1,937

 

Tennessee

17,200

$633

$17,049

 

Texas

91,700

$692

$104,801

 

Utah

7,600

$560

$8,392

 

Vermont

1,700

$672

$1,694

 

Virginia

29,800

$629

$31,380

 

Washington

28,200

$702

$34,692

 

West Virginia

3,500

$686

$3,484

 

Wisconsin

12,900

$593

$11,609

 

Wyoming

2,700

$788

$3,350

Grand Total

1,060,200

$640

$1,120,566

*Excluding the Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits.

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