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IRS encourages taxpayers to file 2010 forms to claim refund

For one reason or another, many people across the country -- including some in Georgia -- did not file a tax return in 2010. There are many reasons why a person might not file a return. Maybe they didn't have a high enough income to warrant a tax return. Additionally, some people may not have owed any taxes, so they chose not to file a return. Not filing a tax return, however, can leave you missing out on a refund.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, there is currently $760 million in tax refunds from 2010 that have not been collected. The IRS says there are people from every state -- 919,000 of them -- who have a refund to claim. Fortunately, you still have a little bit of time to cash in on your refund if you didn't file a return three years ago.

In fact, you have until April 15 -- this year's tax deadline -- to file your 2010 return before you can no longer claim your refund. Fortunately, tax law allows us up to three years to file a return and collect a refund. The IRS says the median refund is $571.

If you did not file a tax return in 2010, but are not sure whether you would gain anything by doing so, you may want to consider whether you qualify for the earned income tax credit, which applies to low- to moderate-income individuals or families. While you're looking up your 2010 information, you should check on 2011 and 2012, too. If you didn't submit tax returns for those years, the IRS may not let you collect your 2010 refund.

Source: Fox Business, "IRS has $760 Million in Unclaimed Refunds," Kay Bell, March 25, 2014

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