Lufkin Goodwill: Texans have million in unclaimed tax refunds

Lufkin Goodwill: Texans have million in unclaimed tax refunds
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The end of tax season is fast approaching; as of Friday, you've only got 20 days left to get your taxes to Uncle Sam.

Lufkin's Goodwill tax preparers said more than 100,000 taxpayers in Texas have refunds out there that they are still able to receive, but only if they hurry in because this is the last year.

Numbers came in that show just how crucial it is to make your way into a tax refund office.

"Over one million Americans are due refunds back from 2011 tax returns," said Erica Cook, the executive director of Goodwill.

Texas happens to account for the second highest number those Americans, just a couple thousand behind California, according to the IRS.

"We have a lot of folks in the state of Texas that have money that's due back for them," Cook said.

Texans won't be able to receive it after the 15th of April.

"This year is their last year to file," Cook said.

The average amount a Texan would get according to the IRS is $750.

"That is a lot of money in Texans pockets that could be going back into Texas, but it's not," Cook said.

Cook said Texans might be attempting to file themselves which increases errors, but East Texas who need tax preparation help can have it done for free at the Goodwill on Hill Street.

"People are usually in and out in half an hour," Cook said.

She said the process is simple, fast, and free leaving no reason to lose potential refunds.

"You can actually get them filed for you, by an IRS certified trained volunteer who can file your taxes just like any other Tax preparer can do," Cook said.

The Goodwill does taxes four days out of the week at various times for those who might work during the day. Visit their website for more information at .

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