No matter what the reason was for not filing a tax return, I’d like to help you file a delinquent return, face up to the delinquent taxes that are owed, and get back on track with the IRS. Wouldn’t you like to have the weight and stress off of your shoulders?
What the IRS Can Do to Claim Delinquent Taxes
First off, let’s discuss the different measures the IRS can take in order to get its money (as if you needed more motivation). The IRS has far-reaching arms when it comes to collecting taxes owed.
Delinquent Taxes and the IRS. The IRS can garnish your wages. On top of losing part of your paycheck (between 30-70% depending on your expenses), they contact your employer to do so which can be quite embarrassing. If you are not employed, or self-employed, the IRS will freeze and even drain your bank accounts. Furthermore, they can place a lien on any property you own, including a home, car, a boat, etc.
Suffice it to say, you want to take care of this problem, and file old tax returns, before it is flagged by the IRS.
How to File a Delinquent Tax Return
Penalties and interest are accruing on the amount of money that you owe to the IRS today and every day until the full balance is paid. Also, if you wait too long, the IRS may put you under criminal investigation. In other words, it is in your best interest to file as soon as possible, even if you don’t have the money to pay your entire tax obligation.
In order to file your delinquent tax return, go to the IRS publications page and choose the 1040 form for the tax year(s) in which you have not filed. Be sure to download the instructions for that particular year and review them as the tax code changes often.
You cannot electronically file late tax returns. So once you finish filling out your information, you must sign, date, and mail the return off. Also, once the IRS receives your tax return, they will assess any penalties and/or interest owed.
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