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Your 2019 Tax Refund Can Still Be Claimed

Jackson Hewitt


Published on: April 02, 2019

Have you ever dreamt that you found an unexpected source of cash only to wake up and find it was all an illusion? Well, if you’re one of the many individuals that did not file their 2019 federal income tax returns, it could mean a dream true.

Could be a Dream Come True

While the IRS gave a special penalty relief for 2019 and 2020 tax returns filed by August 1, 2022, there are still many 2019 tax returns that need to be filed. Affected taxpayers have until July 17, 2023 to file for their refunds. If you miss the deadline, any unclaimed funds become the property of the US Treasury.

Students, part-time workers, those with limited work hours and others may have overlooked filing. 

Worried About Filing So Late

If you’re concerned about sanctions for filing late, don’t be. By law, you have three years to submit your return without penalty if a refund is due. However, if you owe taxes from other years, your 2019 refund will be applied against that balance and reduce your tax bill. Keep in mind that your refund could be held for unpaid child support, overdue federal student loans or if you did not file 2020 or 2021 tax returns.

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