Bennet: 17,900 Coloradans Are Owed Tax Refunds from 2009, Median Refund is $550

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is alerting Coloradans that they may be one of more than 17,000 residents statewide who are owed tax refunds from the 2009 tax year.

The IRS estimates that half of these unclaimed refunds in Colorado are more than $550 each, amounting to nearly $17 million total throughout the state. The deadline to collect tax refunds from 2009 is April 15, 2013. 

“Thousands of Coloradans are due a refund from the federal government dating back to 2009,” Bennet said. “This money can make a big difference in family budgets. I encourage anyone who thinks they might be eligible for this to file their returns before time runs out.”

Individuals looking to claim their 2009 refund must have filed returns for 2010 and 2011 to be eligible. Current and prior year tax forms and instructions are available on the Forms and Publications page of or by calling toll-free 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). Taxpayers who are missing Forms W-2, 1098, 1099 or 5498 for 2009, 2010 or 2011 should request copies from their employer, bank or other payer.

For more tax tips and services available to Coloradans, visit Bennet’s tax resource page. For questions about the status of your refund, visit the IRS’ Where’s My Refund? tool.