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Unclaimed tax refunds by state



The Internal Revenue Service has almost $1.2 billion in unclaimed 2004 tax refund money due missing filers in each state, as well as in U.S. possessions and members of the military stationed worldwide.

Within U.S. borders, California has the most nonfiling residents -- 149,500 -- for the 2004 tax year. But errant Alaska filers are likely to get more money. The IRS says the median check in the Last Frontier comes to $643, meaning half of the taxpayers there can expect to get at least that much when they do file.

Military taxpayers are the biggest potential refund recipients of all. Half of the members of the armed forces who didn't file 2004 returns could collect checks of more than $770 by getting in their old forms by the coming April filing deadline.

State by state
Location
Nonfilers
Median refund amount
Alabama
20,700
$548
Alaska
6,000
$643
Arizona
33,100
$465
Arkansas
11,100
$514
California
149,500
$507
Colorado
22,900
$504
Connecticut
15,000
$617
Delaware
4,900
$561
District of Columbia
5,200
$528
Florida
93,900
$575
Georgia
43,900
$519
Hawaii
8,900
$581
Idaho
5,000
$464
Illinois
50,000
$608
Indiana
26,100
$588
Iowa
11,500
$566
Kansas
12,700
$536
Kentucky
14,100
$566
Louisiana
21,600
$562
Maine
4,700
$533
Maryland
29,700
$548
Massachusetts
29,500
$605
Michigan
47,000
$582
Minnesota
19,200
$498
Mississippi
11,200
$499
Missouri
24,900
$527
Montana
3,600
$490
Nebraska
5,900
$527
Nevada
17,500
$520
New Hampshire
5,300
$633
New Jersey
40,500
$621
New Mexico
8,700
$502
New York
76,600
$612
North Carolina
36,000
$491
North Dakota
1,900
$531
Ohio
43,600
$544
Oklahoma
15,900
$515
Oregon
20,400
$449
Pennsylvania
45,700
$598
Rhode Island
4,500
$579
South Carolina
15,200
$485
South Dakota
2,400
$542
Tennessee
21,100
$559
Texas
96,600
$582
Utah
7,400
$470
Vermont
2,300
$538
Virginia
38,400
$543
Washington
34,400
$543
West Virginia
4,500
$591
Wisconsin
15,900
$522
Wyoming
2,500
$616
Armed Forces
5,500
$770
U.S. possessions
100
$591

-- Updated: April 7, 2008

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