Millions of dollars in tax refunds unclaimed by Alabamians

It's hard to believe but the Internal Revenue Service or IRS says more than 1-billion dollars is sitting and waiting to be claimed by one-million American taxpayers.

All in, the IRS says it could owe up to $1 billion in total refunds for the 2013 tax year.

"For various reasons people do not file their tax returns".

The IRS said students and low income workers are two major groups that sometimes don't file because they don't think they need to.

To collect, residents must file a 2013 tax return no later than April 18, the same day as returns for 2016 are due. After that time, unclaimed money becomes the property of the U.S. Treasury, the IRS said.

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The estimated median potential refund for 2013 is $763, which means half the refunds are more and half less, the IRS said.

To find out if you filed your 2013 taxes, call the IRS hotline at 800-829-1040.

"What they're missing out on is they may be entitled to a refund for example if they were employees and they had federal withholdings taken out, they may be missing out on their refunds all together", Villanueva said. You can find that publication here. They may also be used to offset unpaid child support or past due federal debts such as student loans.

The IRS estimates almost 30,000 people in North Carolina could be eligible for refunds. They say this is especially important if you are claiming an EITC, or Earned Income Tax Credit.

And, I'm told some of those folks also could lose their earned income tax credit.

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