If you worked in 2007 but didn't make enough to have to file an income tax form, the government may owe you money.
The Internal Revenue Service says the deadline is near for people to file for refunds. The IRS estimates more than $1.1 billion may be waiting for more than 1 million people who didn't file a federal income tax return for 2007. The law provides a three-year window of opportunity to claim a refund.
To collect the money, you must file a return for that year with the IRS no later than April 18. There is no penalty for filing a late return.
If you worked in 2008 and 2009 and haven't filed returns for those years either, the IRS will hold the 2007 refund until you file for those years.
Current and prior year tax forms and instructions are available on the Forms and Publications page of IRS.gov or by calling 800-829-3676.
Taxpayers missing their W-2, 1098, 1099 or 5498 forms for 2007-09 should request copies from their employer, bank or other payer. If they are not available, you can get a free transcript showing your information from these year-end documents by calling 800-908-9946, or by filing Form 4506-T.