Generally, a taxpayer may file a claim for a tax refund of an overpayment of any tax within three years from the time the tax return was filed with the IRS or two years from the time the tax was paid to the IRS, whichever period is later. If no tax return was filed with the IRS, the claim may also be made within two years from the date that the tax was paid to the IRS. See 26 U.S.C. §6511(a).
The statute spells out numerous exceptions to this general rule. For example, pursuant to 26 U.S.C. §6511(d)(1), a taxpayer may file a claim within 7 years if the tax refund pertains to a bad debt under section 166 or 832(c) or in connection with a loss from a worthless security under section 165(g).
Therefore, even though the majority of situations are resolved by the general rule, it is prudent to consult your tax attorney to see if your situation fits into one of the exceptions.
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