Oregonians are owed more than $19 million dollars. Are you one of them?

Nearly 18,000 Oregonians have unclaimed money from previous tax years. Are you one of them? Keep reading to find out.

Posted: Mar 13, 2019 11:20 AM
Updated: Mar 13, 2019 11:31 AM

WASHINGTON, D. C. - An estimated 17,900 Oregon taxpayers are owed $19 million dollars from the federal government.  These are people who did not file a 2015 federal income tax return. But time is running out for people to claim that money.   

“To collect the money, these Oregon taxpayers must file their 2015 tax return with the IRS no later than this year's tax deadline, Monday, April 15,” said IRS spokesman David Tucker II.  

Across the country, refunds of $1.4 billion are waiting to be claimed by people who have not filed federal income tax returns for 2015.  An estimated 1.2 million taxpayers need to file a 2015 Form 1040 federal income tax return by this year's tax deadline, Monday, April 15th (taxpayers in Maine and Massachusetts have until April 17th.)  The law requires taxpayers to properly address, mail and ensure the tax return is postmarked by that date.

Who is most likely owed money? 

IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig says “Students, part-time workers and many others may have overlooked filing for 2015. And there’s no penalty for filing a late return if you’re due a refund.

The IRS estimates the midpoint for the potential refunds for 2015 to be $879 — that is, half of the refunds are more than $879 and half are less.

Anyone who doesn't file a tax return within three years forfeits the money.  The money becomes the property of the U.S. Treasury. 

If you are among those owed money from a 2015 tax refund, your check may be held if you haven't filed tax returns for 2016 and 2017. Also, the refund will be applied to any amounts still owed to the IRS or a state tax agency and may be used to offset unpaid child support or past due federal debts, such as student loans.

By failing to file a tax return, people stand to lose more than just their refund of taxes withheld or paid during 2015. Many low- and moderate-income workers may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). For 2015, the credit was worth as much as $6,242.  The EITC helps individuals and families whose incomes are below certain thresholds. The thresholds for 2015 were:

• $47,747 ($53,267 if married filing jointly) for those with three or more qualifying children;
• $44,454 ($49,974 if married filing jointly) for people with two qualifying children;
• $39,131 ($44,651 if married filing jointly) for those with one qualifying child, and;
• $14,820 ($20,330 if married filing jointly) for people without qualifying children.

Current and prior year tax forms (such as the tax year 2015 Form 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ) and instructions are available on the IRS.gov Forms and Publications page or by calling toll-free 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).

Taxpayers who are missing Forms W-2, 1098, 1099 or 5498 for the years 2015, 2016 or 2017 should request copies from their employer, bank or other payer. Taxpayers who are unable to get missing forms from their employer or other payer can order a free wage and income transcript at IRS.gov using the Get Transcript Online tool. Alternatively, they can file Form 4506-T to request a wage and income transcript. A wage and income transcript shows data from information returns received by the IRS, such as Forms W-2, 1099, 1098, Form 5498 and IRA contribution information. Taxpayers can use the information from the transcript to file their tax return.

 

State-by-state estimates of individuals who may be due 2015 income tax refunds

State or District Estimated # of People Median Potential Refund Total Potential Refund*

Arizona

27,300

$780

$29,486,000

Arkansas

11,200

$824

$12,000,000

California

111,200

$832

$124,397,000

Colorado

23,500

$824

$26,173,000

Connecticut

12,700

$952

$15,981,000

Delaware

4,800

$886

$5,570,000

District of Columbia

3,400

$918

$4,219,000

Florida

84,000

$887

$95,697,000

Georgia

41,100

$799

$44,754,000

Hawaii

7,000

$935

$8,523,000

Idaho

5,200

$712

$5,209,000

Illinois

45,800

$924

$54,804,000

Indiana

26,900

$895

$30,670,000

Iowa

12,300

$913

$13,737,000

Kansas

12,700

$874

$14,283,000

Kentucky

15,700

$874

$17,246,000

Louisiana

22,600

$884

$26,759,000

Maine

4,700

$806

$4,820,000

Maryland

25,700

$897

$31,274,000

Massachusetts

26,100

$973

$32,579,000

Michigan

39,700

$873

$45,535,000

Minnesota

18,000

$813

$19,222,000

Mississippi

11,200

$814

$12,032,000

Missouri

27,000

$825

$29,008,000

Montana

4,100

$831

$4,521,000

Nebraska

6,300

$870

$6,923,000

Nevada

13,700

$867

$15,728,000

New Hampshire

5,500

$976

$6,859,000

New Jersey

33,100

$960

$41,353,000

New Mexico

8,600

$860

$9,950,000

New York

62,500

$964

$77,662,000

North Carolina

37,100

$831

$39,955,000

North Dakota

3,700

$980

$4,493,000

Ohio

43,600

$852

$47,428,000

Oklahoma

19,100

$886

$22,006,000

Oregon

17,900

$779

$19,118,000

Pennsylvania

46,000

$934

$53,541,000

Rhode Island

3,300

$949

$4,025,000

South Carolina

14,600

$777

$15,701,000

South Dakota

3,300

$928

$3,646,000

Tennessee

24,000

$853

$25,976,000

Texas

129,300

$929

$158,244,000

Utah

9,300

$791

$9,859,000

Vermont

2,200

$876

$2,388,000

Virginia

32,900

$867

$38,441,000

Washington

32,400

$939

$40,142,000

West Virginia

5,900

$948

$6,979,000

Wisconsin

16,100

$787

$16,532,000

Wyoming

3,300

$958

$3,964,000

Totals

1,197,600

$879

$1,379,412,000

 * Excluding credits.

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