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WASHINGTON -- Refunds totaling just over $917 million may be waiting for an estimated 984,400 taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2009, the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday.

To collect, return for 2009 must be filed with the IRS no later than Monday, April 15, 2013.

The IRS estimates that half the potential refunds for 2009 are more than $500.

Ohio has more than 32,000 people who could get refunds if they file.

The by-state Individuals Median Potential Refund Totals:

Indiana: 20,300 individuals $592-$17,547

Kentucky: 11,300 individuals $578-$9,552

Michigan: 30,000 individuals $600-$28,019

Ohio: 32,100 individuals $561-$26,714

Pennsylvania: 38,200 individuals $619-$34,505

Virginia: 28,800 individuals $559-$28,027

West Virginia: 4,100 individuals $598-$3,894

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 2009 returns, the window closes on 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 reminds taxpayers seeking a 2009 refund that their checks may be held if they have not filed tax returns for 2010 and 2011.

In addition, many low-and-moderate income workers may not have claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

For 2009, the credit is worth as much as $5,657.


The EITC helps individuals and families whose incomes are below certain thresholds.

The thresholds for 2009 were:

  • $43,279 ($48,279 if married filing jointly) for those with three or more qualifying children
  • $40,295 ($45,295 if married filing jointly) for people with two qualifying children
  • $35,463 ($40,463 if married filing jointly) for those with one qualifying child
  • $13,440 ($18,440 if married filing jointly) for people without qualifying children.

For more information, visit the IRS website

Current and prior year tax forms and instructions are available on the Forms and Publications page of or by calling toll-free 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).


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