Making its annual announcement, the Internal Revenue Service said that it is holding more than $2.2 billion in unclaimed refunds for about 1.8 million people who failed to file a federal income tax return for 2003.

In order to collect the money, a return for 2003 must be filed with an IRS office no later than April 17 -- the law provides most taxpayers with a three-year window of opportunity for claiming a refund before the money becomes property of the U.S. Treasury.

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