The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently announced that around 1.5 million people across the country have not yet claimed their refunds for the tax year 2019. However, the deadline to file the returns is July 17, 2023, which is three years after the usual deadline. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the IRS deferred the deadline for 2019 unfiled returns. The average median refund for 2019 is $893, and the IRS has estimated that $1.5 billion in refunds are still unclaimed.

Many taxpayers may have forgotten or ignored their tax refunds since 2019 due to the pandemic. To prevent losing out on the opportunity, taxpayers need to submit their refund requests prior to the deadline. Typically, individuals have three years to file their tax returns and request any refunds.

While many people would have missed out on filing their tax returns due to the unusual situation caused by the pandemic, some stand to lose more than just their refund of taxes withheld or paid during 2019. Earned Income Tax benefit (EITC) is a tax benefit that many low – and moderate-income employees are eligible for. The credit’s maximum value for 2019 was $6,557. The EITC provides assistance when an individual or family’s income is below a specific threshold. Those who qualified for the EITC in 2019 had incomes below particular thresholds, based on the number of qualifying children.

Taxpayers requesting a 2019 tax refund should also be aware that their checks will be held if they fail to file tax returns for 2020 and 2021. Additionally, the refund will be applied to any amounts still owed to the IRS or a state tax agency and may be used to offset unpaid child support or past-due federal debts, such as student loans.

Where To Obtain Essential Documents for Filing 2019 Tax Return?

Even though the tax year was three years ago, the IRS has offered taxpayers several ways to access the data they need to submit their 2019 tax forms. To ensure taxpayers have enough time to file before the deadline, IRS advises people to get started as soon as possible. One approach is to ask their employer, bank, or other payers for copies of important records like Forms W-2, 1098, 1099, or 5498. Another choice is to order a free wage and income transcript via Get Transcript Online at For many taxpayers, this instrument is by far the quickest and easiest choice. As an alternative, individuals can submit Form 4506-T to the IRS to obtain a “wage and income transcript.” However, it is essential to plan since written requests can take several weeks.


Depending on a household’s tax circumstances, the actual refund amount can change. Therefore, to avoid missing the deadline, taxpayers are urged to review their records and start gathering documentation.

IRS Audit Group is a tax audit representation firm located in Los Angeles, California. If the IRS requires more information to validate your tax return filing, they may ask for it, and in rare cases, they may initiate a tax audit via mail notice. In such situations, it is crucial to have the assistance of a licensed tax professional like the ones at IRS Audit Group. IRS Audit Group is comprised of qualified CPAs and IRS Enrolled Agents. They can analyze your tax situation and help alleviate the burden of dealing with an IRS audit. Having proper representation in an IRS audit is essential, and the IRS Audit Group can provide the necessary support to navigate the process successfully. To learn more about our services, visit the website and contact us for further information.

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