If you are absolutely positive that you will be owed a refund, you won't get in trouble with the IRS if you miss Tuesday's filing deadline.
Experts say this has always been the case, but few people know about it. The IRS is, of course, more eager to collect money than to find the people it owes money to.
But waiting past deadline may be a gamble.
If it turns out that you do actually owe money, you will be faced with fines--for both failing to file on time and failing to pay on time.
Now, if you are owed a refund that you've never collected, after three years, it's no longer yours and the IRS can reclaim your refund.
And apparently we're leaving some real money on the table. The IRS said that Americans left a total of $760 million dollars in unclaimed tax refunds in 2011.
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