WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Internal Revenue Service says unclaimed income tax refunds totaling almost $1.5 billion are available to many Americans.

There are about 1.5 million people who did not file taxes for 2018, who may be owed a refund.

In cases where a federal income tax return was not filed, the law gives most taxpayers a three-year window to claim a tax refund. If they do not file a tax return within three years, the money becomes the property of the U.S. Treasury.

For 2018 tax returns, the window closes in just a few days on April 18, 2022.

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The IRS says in Minnesota there is an estimated 22,685 people who have not filed their 2018 taxes that could have a refund coming to them.  The median potential refund in Minnesota is $771.

Taxpayers who are missing Forms W-2, 1098, 1099 or 5498 for the years 2018, 2019 or 2020 should request copies from their employer, bank, or other payers.

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