Uncle Sam might owe you money.
If you have an unclaimed tax refund from 2010, it will be returned to the U.S. Treasury on April 15.
That's why U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, is encouraging Pennsylvania residents to claim their refunds before they expire.
"The federal government will not contact taxpayers," he said. "That's why you have to be vigilant about unclaimed refunds and take steps to secure those refunds."
Even though people might not have filed their taxes, they might be owed a refund because they overpaid federal taxes during a given tax year. Taxes must be filed to claim a refund.
The median unclaimed refund owed to Pennsylvanians is $614, but the nationwide average refund issued is $3,000.
Pennsylvanians can be losing out on a lot of money and "refunds they deserve," Casey said.
The Internal Revenue Service said Pennsylvanians have $31 million in unclaimed refunds, but the agency does not have a county by county breakdown. It's unclear how many of the 40,000 state residents who haven't claimed refunds are from York County.
"Students and part-time workers are especially likely to not have filed," Casey said.
Also, people who have moved or not updated their addresses should make sure they didn't lose out on an old refund, he said.
More than 1 million Americans fail to file every year, Casey said.
"If you don't file, you can miss out on tuition tax credits and the earned income tax credit," he said.
For those who filed a 2010 return and never received a refund, Casey suggested they go to irs.gov and use the "Where's My Refund?" feature. Here's a link to that part of the IRS site.
"Claiming these refunds will help families' pocketbooks and also boost the economy. Many residents don't even know they have an unclaimed refund, so it's very important that Pennsylvanians use these resources to check," he said.
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