Is the Ghost of Back Taxes Haunting You?

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How to File Back Taxes

Filing your late tax returns is the easiest approach to take care of your back taxes. Just keep in mind that time is running out if you are due a refund. After the initial tax filing deadline, you have just three years to file your return and get your money back. Use these procedures to file your past-due taxes to prevent further delays:

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    Gather Your Documents

    For the tax years you are filing for, you must first find your W-2 and 1099 forms as well as any other information on the income you received during that time. You might also get in touch with your previous company or ask the IRS for a transcript of your earnings (s).

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    Prepare Your Returns

    Any tax returns from previous years must be filed in accordance with the specific tax rules and filing instructions for those years. You could get into much more trouble if you use the incorrect forms or guidelines.

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    Complete an Instalment agreement

    You should set up an instalment plan with the IRS if you owe taxes on unfiled tax returns but are unable to pay them. This enables you to pay off your tax debt in instalments rather than all at once.

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    Request Penalty Relief

    You may be eligible for first-time penalty abatement if you only have one past-due tax return. The filing and payment penalties that will be imposed on your past-due return may be erased or reduced.

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    Submit your Return

    Only paper late tax returns can be filed, and they must be mailed or locally delivered to your neighbourhood IRS Service Center. Use certified mail if you can so that you have documentation that the IRS received your return (s). To avoid misunderstanding or any clerical errors, each return should be returned in a different envelope.

It might be overwhelming to deal with unfiled tax returns and back taxes. It is critical that you use the correct information because tax regulations change every year; otherwise, you will simply make things worse. It is highly advised to seek the help of a tax expert, such as those at Dancing Numbers.

Consequences of Unpaid Taxes

Even if you may have good reasons for owing your taxes, putting off the problem won’t make it go away. Every taxpayer who is supposed to file a tax return but does not do so is listed by the IRS. Similar to the naughty list, but with much more severe consequences than a lump of coal. You might experience the following if you owe back taxes or have unfiled tax returns:


If you don’t file your tax returns on time, the IRS may impose both a failure-to-file penalty and a failure-to-pay penalty. The minimum fine is $435 or 100% of the taxes owed if your return is 60 days or more delayed (whichever is smaller). A 5% penalty fee on the amount of tax due (up to 25%) will be applied for each month your return is not filed. The penalty is decreased to.5% every month if you have filed but not paid. However, the maximum fine is 25% of your unpaid taxes.

Tax Lien

To ensure that your tax debt is paid up before any other creditors, the government may issue a tax lien against your property.

Wage Garnishment

The IRS has the authority to garnish your pay if you owe taxes.

Bank Levy

To cover your outstanding taxes, a hold might be put on your bank accounts and the funds seized.

Seizure of Assets

Your personal property such as boats, automobiles, or other items of value, to satisfy your overdue taxes can also be seized by the IRS.

Common Questions About Back Taxes

The IRS will notify you of the entire amount due for overdue taxes, including interest and penalties.

Your credit record may not necessarily suffer if you owe back taxes. In actuality, dealing with back taxes no longer has a direct impact on your credit. Yet it could be challenging to pay other payments if you are having trouble paying your back taxes. Your credit score may suffer if you default on other credit obligations (such as credit card bills or auto loans). Depending on your situation, unpaid taxes might have an indirect impact on your credit.

Yes. You may not get your refund at all if you have back taxes. Your refund will be automatically applied to an existing tax debt if you owe taxes.

In the United States, You cannot be put in jail merely for owing tax debt. If you cheat on your taxes or engage in tax fraud, you could end up in jail. Yet, if all you are doing is having trouble paying a huge tax bill, no one will threaten you with jail time.

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