How to Get Unclaimed IRS Tax Refunds in NC + Deadline Information

The deadline for taxpayers to file 2020 tax returns and receive a portion of the unclaimed funds is May 17, 2024.

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The clock is ticking for thousands of North Carolinians to claim their share of a $29 million fund from the IRS.

940,000 people across the country have unclaimed refunds for the 2020 tax year – refunds that were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Taxpayers only have a few days left to get back the money owed before it’s too late.

By law, taxpayers typically have three years to file and claim tax refunds, the IRS says, or the tax goes to the U.S. Treasury Department. Due to the pandemic, that window was extended to May 17, 2024.

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“People have been faced with extremely unusual situations during the pandemic, which has caused some people to forget about a possible refund on their 2020 tax returns,” IRS Commissioner Danny said in a statement. “People may have simply overlooked these, including students, part-time workers and others. Some people may not realize that they may be owed a refund. We encourage people to review their files and start collecting data now so they don’t risk missing the May deadline.”

According to the IRS, there is an estimated $29,304,100 in potential refunds for approximately 27,500 taxpayers in North Carolina – an average amount of $895 per person.

This is how you file your 2020 tax return

If you have yet to file a 2020 tax return, here are some options from the IRS to ensure you have everything you need:

  • Request copies of important documentsincluding forms W-2, 1098, 1099 or 5498 from employer, bank or other payers.

  • Submit a… Form 4506-T to obtain a wage and income statement with information about returns received by the IRS, such as Forms W-2, 1099, 1098, Form 5498, and information about IRA contributions.

More information about the 2020 tax filing deadline can be found online at

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Chyna Blackmon is a journalism reporter for The Charlotte Observer. She was born in the Carolinas, grew up in Columbia, SC, and graduated from Queens University of Charlotte. She has also worked in local television news in Charlotte, NC, and Richmond, VA.
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