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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

It is down to the wire with the 2011 tax deadline quicklyapproaching next week. That also applies to those who haven't filed their 2008taxes where $30 million is waiting for people in Georgia.

Time is running out a week from Tuesday at midnight the hopes ofgetting your hands on money owed to you from the government back in 2008 willbe a distant memory. 

Mark Green, IRS spokesman out of Atlanta, told News Leader 9 thatthe money is available because some people may not have filed because they hadtoo little income to require filing a tax return.

"This is generally targeted for college students, seniorcitizens. These individuals would generally work a part time job. Seniorcitizens had money taken out of their retirement plan," Green said. 

State and Federal laws say that 2008 returns need to be properlyaddressed and mailed to the IRS by April 17. There is no penalty for filing alate return or qualifying for a refund. However if you don't file for a returnat all that money goes back to the United States Treasury if within thethree year time frame.

April 17 also marks the deadline to file your 2011 tax return.

Green suggests everyone prepare their taxes now and get all of theforms and paper work together. He says filing electronically would probably bethe quickest way to insure that your taxes are filed before the deadline.

If you cannot file return by April 17 you can get an automatic 6months extension by mailing in a 4868 Application Form. 

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