The IRS says an estimated 12,100 Connecticut taxpayers who failed to file their 2009 returns are about to lose about $13 million in refunds.
By law, taxpayers can claim their refunds within three years, after that, any unclaimed funds becomes property of the Federal government.
To claim the money, people have to file their 2009 returns by April 15 of this year using the 2009 forms, which they can find at 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.
The IRS estimates that half the potential refunds due Connecticut taxpayers for 2009 are more than $638.
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.