Local Tax Attorney Announces April 15, 2013 Deadline For Collecting Previous Years Refunds

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Patrick T. Sheehan warns tax payers to file 1040 tax return for 2009 before time runs out.

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I understand the importance in tax payers receiving the money that is rightfully theirs.

Local tax attorney Patrick T. Sheehan warns taxpayers if they have not yet filed federal Form 1040 tax return for 2009 with the IRS, any refund listed on that tax return will soon be barred by the refund statute of limitation. “Generally speaking, a taxpayer has three years from the due date of the tax return to claim a refund for that year. The due date of the 2009 federal Form 1040 tax returns was April 15, 2010. The expiration of the refund statute of limitation for 2009 is April 15, 2013. If any taxpayers have not yet filed federal Form 1040 tax return for 2009 with the IRS, I strongly urge those individuals to do so on or before April 15, 2013, to ensure that any refunds to which they are entitled to are received,” Sheehan suggested.

If tax returns for 2009 is filed on or after April 15, 2013, the law bars any refund to which individuals are entitled. Even if there are unpaid liabilities for other years, the lost refund does not apply to any of the other years. Sheehan stresses that, “the application of this law acts to deny refunds to which hard-working Americans are otherwise entitled. Unfortunately, many billions of dollars are lost in this fashion every year simply because taxpayers did not file their tax returns within the applicable limitation period. I would rather see these funds go into the pockets of the taxpayers who earned this money instead of being kept by the federal government.”

Patrick T. Sheehan is a former IRS attorney and is owner of Patrick T. Sheehan and Associates, Attorneys at Law, P.C. Mr. Sheehan’s practice focuses exclusively on assisting individuals and businesses with their tax disputes before the Internal Revenue Service and the Illinois Department of Revenue. Patrick T. Sheehan and Associates is the largest tax dispute resolution law firm in DuPage County. For more information regarding Patrick T. Sheehan and Associates or the services they offer, call 877 – 4 IRS LAW or visit their website at http://www.sheehan-law.com. “If any individual or corporate taxpayer has not yet filed their tax return for 2013 or for any previous year, please immediately call me,” Sheehan advised. “We can help.”

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