ALBANY, N.Y. - Refunds totaling just over $65 million may be waiting for an estimated 62,700 New York taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2009, the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday.
To collect the money, a return for 2009 must be filed with the IRS no later than Monday, April 15, 2013. 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 estimates that half the potential refunds due New Yorkers for 2009 are more than $620.
Nationally, the IRS says it has $917 million in unclaimed tax refunds owed to nearly 1 million people who failed to file returns for 2009.
Current and prior year tax forms and instructions are available on the Forms and Publications page of IRS.gov or by calling toll-free 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). Taxpayers who are missing Forms W-2, 1098, 1099 or 5498 for 2009, 2010 or 2011 should request copies from their employer, bank or other payer.