September 18, 2009
Steps to File - Unfiled Tax Returns
There is always a way out and a better one than that of hiding from the IRS that only adds to up to one’s troubles. Here are a few steps you need to follow when you need to file a past return:
The first thing you need to know about unfiled taxes is that getting organized is important. You know that you have unfiled taxes, but need more information than this. What years did you not file a tax return? Was it only one year? Was it several years? This is important information to know because the IRS requires that you file a separate return for each year. If you think you are going to lump together all of your unfiled taxes you are wrong. This may sound like the easy thing to do, but unfortunately the IRS will not agree to it.
Not filing a tax return is a big deal. This does not mean that you are going to end up in jail soon enough. But it does mean that you are faced with a lot of extra work. In addition to taking care of your current tax situation, you must now file any past returns that you forgot about.
The IRS has come a long way when it comes to the digital age. That being said, the agency is very old school when it comes to dealing with taxpayer issues. By this, I mean that the agency never sends notices of action to taxpayers by email. Everything is sent by snail mail with most of the notices automatically being kicked out by a computer. If you ever get an email from the IRS, you can usually assume it is a fake.
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