Friday, March 20, 2009

How Far Back Can The IRS Collect?

You did not file a tax return many years ago and you’re wondering how far back the IRS can go to collect. If you have filed all of your returns then usually the IRS will only look back 7 years. If you do not file a return then the IRS can go as far back as when the return was initially due. The important issue here is to make sure you file your returns. It is the IRS non-filer who has the most to fear.

Whenever a taxpayer has outstanding returns (unfiled returns) there is no limit to when the IRS can come after you. What will happen is that the IRS will file a few returns for the taxpayer, add interest and penalties and will then bill the taxpayer for the full amount. This will get the taxpayer’s attention. If this happens and you feel you are getting squeezed by the IRS your best bet is to call for professional tax help. This can save you a lot of money and heartache.

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