In Utah, the IRS estimates 6,100 taxpayers did not file a 2010 federal income tax return potentially leaving $4,705,000 on the table. To collect the money, a return for 2010 must be filed with the IRS no later than Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
"The window is quickly closing for people who are owed refunds from 2010 who haven't filed a tax return," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "We encourage students, part-time workers and others who haven't filed for 2010 to look into this before time runs out on April 15."
The IRS estimates that half the potential refunds for 2010 are more than $571. For Utahns, that amount is slightly less at $518.
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 2010 returns, the window closes on April 15, 2014. 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.