The U.S. Treasure is holding $1.4 billion in unclaimed refunds for 2015 and some of that may belong to you. The IRS estimates that there are 13,000 taxpayers in Connecticut who have not filed the 2015 tax return. You must file a tax return in order to claim a refund, and you must file within three years of the due date of the original return.
Keep in mind that the IRS does not know which credits you are eligible for until you submit your return. These would include Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and education credits.
Always remember that the IRS gets a copy of all W-2s and 1099s. The IRS will have a record of any income tax withheld and it will be reflected in your account. You forfeit the right to a refund if you fail to file a tax return.
If you cannot find your supporting documents, such as a W2 or 1099, and want to file a return you can contact the IRS and get a copy of a wage and income report that will contain information on all income reported to the IRS under your social security number for the year. Using that information, you may be able to construct an accurate return.
Time is of the essence!