Internal Revenue Service spokesman Bill Brunson says the clock is also ticking for those who are still owed money from previous years.
Brunson says you have three years from the tax year to file for a refund, so that puts those Nebraskans who haven’t filed 2011 returns on the deadline this year.
“The IRS is looking for about 5,700 Nebraskans who have more than $5-million on the books,” Brunson says, “and the average or median refund for that group is $683.”
He says some of the refunds could be due to people who are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit not filing to take advantage as they didn’t realize they had to file, or part-time workers who mistakenly thought they didn’t make enough money to get a refund.
“They could have been going through a divorce, there could have been a death in the family, they may’ve just had other things that caused them to postpone the filing and here it is 2015. Well, if you haven’t filed for 2011, you still have time to do something about it,” Brunson says.
Brunson says you need to file the 2011 forms to claim any refund for that year.
“They can get the information off of www.irs.gov, that prior year return and the instruction booklet is available online,” Brunson says. “And if you don’t have your W2’s or 1099’s from that year, if it has been reported to the Internal Revenue Service by that third party payer, the IRS would then have that information and can provide it to you for free.”
There is no penalty for filing a late return that qualifies for a refund.