ATLANTA (WAOK)-You probably already know the tax deadline this year is Tuesday, April 17 but what you may not know is April 17 is also the last day for taxpayers who paid income tax in 2008 but never filed for the refund to get their money.

The Internal Revenue Service said about $1 billion in unclaimed refunds is out there nationwide from 2008, with about 1 million people potentially eligible for a piece of it.

In Georgia, nearly 36,000 people who could have a refund coming to them did not file a return in 2008. The potential total of their refunds is nearly $31 million. The median potential refund in Georgia is $581.

The law grants taxpayers three years to put in their claim, so 2008 returns have to be postmarked by April 17. Any money that’s unclaimed after April 17 goes to the U.S. Treasury….forever.

Prior year tax forms are available on the Forms and Publications page of, or by calling 800-829-3676.


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