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IRS clock is ticking to get 2009 tax refunds

About 984,000 U.S. taxpayers are still due refunds totaling about $917 million from tax year 2009, the IRS says. Among states, Florida is fourth in most money being left on the table.

About 984,000 U.S. taxpayers are still due refunds totaling about $917 million from tax year 2009, the IRS says. Among states, Florida is fourth in most money being left on the table.

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 their 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 totaling 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, such as student loans, could cut into the refund as well.

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IRS clock is ticking to get 2009 tax refunds 03/14/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 14, 2013 8:45pm]
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