Taxpayers who do not file a required tax return can face IRS delinquent return enforcement actions. These actions can include requests to file and other more serious enforcement activity such as filing a return for the taxpayer and criminal investigations. Taxpayers can face serious penalties for late filing, including a 5% per month late filing penalty (up to 25%). In order to get back into filing compliance, the taxpayer should follow IRS procedures and utilize several best practices to resolve their late filing issue.
Advance Tax Relief can help, call (713)300-3965 for a free consultation.
If you don’t file your tax return on time each year, the IRS doesn’t take it lightly. And neither should you.
When you don’t file your tax returns, several things happen:
*You may be able to request a penalty waiver.
If you have unfiled tax returns, the best way to stay out of trouble with the IRS is to immediately file your back taxes. Think that the IRS doesn't notice your unfiled tax returns? Think again. Even if it's been years since the unfiled taxes, the IRS can notify you at any time that they know and are ready to aggressively pursue back tax payments.
If you don't file, the IRS will generate a simple, substitute return, which will not include any credits, deductions, or exemptions you are entitled to. And it leads to a tax bill that can trigger the collection process.
Also, the IRS has targeted non-filers as one of its highest priorities. The agency typically goes after the big fish first, but don’t rely on the IRS ignoring your smaller profile.
Generally, you must file the previous six years along with the current tax return to get back into the good graces of the IRS. However, there is no statute of limitations on IRS collection and enforcement actions.
Failure to File and Failure to Pay Penalties
More on those late penalties:
Earned Income Tax Credit
You must file your tax return to claim the earned income tax credit, even if you are otherwise not required to file. Like refunds, you must file within three years of the return due date to receive the credit.
Collection and Enforcement Actions
Before the IRS files a substitute return for you, it will send several notices in the mail requesting you to file your delinquent returns. If you don’t respond, the IRS can and will:
If you willfully refuse to file, you can be charged with tax evasion. Tax evasion is any action taken to evade the assessment of federal or state taxes. Tax evasion is a federal crime that can net up to five years in prison for each offense.
At the least, you may receive one year for every year you neglected to file your income tax return. To be fair, the IRS usually only targets habitual non-filers of non-processable returns and tax protesters for criminal prosecution.
Hire Tax Professionals
If you have IRS tax problems because of unfiled tax returns, Advance Tax Relief can help you.
Call (713)300-3965 for a free consultation.
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