HARRISBURG — The clock is ticking, and for some Pennsylvanians, April 15 could be a costly deadline to miss.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, is urging citizens to claim unclaimed tax refunds that are set to expire during this tax season. In a press release, Casey stated there is $31 million in unclaimed tax refunds from 2010 in the state, and nearly 40,000 citizens that have unclaimed refunds.
The median amount is $614 per person.
“It’s important for Pennsylvanians to claim their federal tax returns,” Casey said during a news conference. “The federal government will not contact taxpayers regarding these unclaimed funds.”
Alex Miller, spokeswoman for Casey, said that according to the IRS, Luzerne County had 82 unclaimed returns. As of 2011, only 3,087 returns were unclaimed.
Current and prior year tax forms and instructions are available under the “Forms & Pubs” tab at IRS.gov or by calling toll-free 800-829-3676.
Taxpayers who believe their refund check may have been returned to the IRS as undelivered should use the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on IRS.gov. The tool will provide the status of their refund and, in some cases, instructions on how to resolve delivery problems.
Refunds not claimed will be returned to the federal treasury.