IRS Says File By July 17 for $1.5 Billion in Unclaimed Tax Refunds

Unclaimed tax refunds from 2019 are waiting for millions of people who might not know it – but only if they file the pandemic-era tax return soon. Are you one of them?

Tax refund check in envelope for unclaimed tax refunds
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Unclaimed tax refunds totaling about $1.5 billion remain unclaimed at the IRS because millions of taxpayers haven’t filed their tax returns for the 2019 tax year. (In other words, you might have money waiting for you and not even know it).

IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel explained in a statement that because the 2019 tax returns were due in 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, “many people may have overlooked or forgotten about these refunds.” Werfel added that the IRS recommends that taxpayers “start soon to make sure that they don’t miss out.” 

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Kelley R. Taylor
Senior Tax Editor,

As the senior tax editor at, Kelley R. Taylor simplifies federal and state tax information, news, and developments to help empower readers. Kelley has over two decades of experience advising on and covering education, law, finance, and tax as a corporate attorney and business journalist.