The Internal Revenue Services has announced that it has unclaimed refunds totaling more than $1.3 billion for nearly 1.4 million people who did not file a federal income tax return for 2006. To collect, you have to file a return for 2006 with the IRS no later than Thursday, April 15, 2010. The IRS estimates the median unclaimed refund for 2006 to be $604.

Interest in purchasing a Toyota has soared since the beleaguered car giant started offering its first widespread zero-percent APR financing this week, according to traffic data gathered by Edmunds.com, the prominent automotive resource. Toyota’s financing and lease promotions generated nearly a 40 percent spike in purchase intent by visitors, Edmunds said. “Purchase intent” measures buyer interest based on pricing research, vehicle configuration and other focused steps taken by visitors. Purchase intent has a strong correlation to sales, Edmunds said.

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Connecticut, said the two parties are still divided on the key financial oversight reform issue of a consumer watchdog agency to oversee credit cards, mortgages and other crucial financial products. But added he was optimistic that a bipartisan deal was possible in coming days.