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What You Need to do if You Just Missed the Tax Filing Deadline

The deadline for filing taxes on all income earned in 2018 this year was on April 15th. Missing the deadline can be agonizing for anyone, most especially if you owe the IRS. So what exactly should you do in such a stressful situation? This article offers a step by step guidance in the happening of… Read more »

How Many Years of Unfiled Tax Returns Should You File?

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  It may seem overwhelming if you have many years of unfiled tax returns to file. The good news is that the IRS generally only requires taxpayers to file six years of delinquent returns. The six-year rule can be adjusted in certain cases, particularly if there has been criminal intent to violate tax laws. However,… Read more »

5 Problems Caused by Unfiled Tax Returns

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  Failing to file tax returns can lead to immediate issues and problems that surface months or years later. The IRS won’t forget that you have delinquent tax returns, and the consequences can become more severe as time passes. You may face any or all of the following problems if you have unfiled tax returns.

Who Needs to File a 2018 Tax Return?

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How to Figure Out if You Need to File a 2018 Tax Return 2018 tax returns are due April 15, 2019, but not everyone needs to file a tax return. Taxpayers most commonly need to file when they want a tax refund, when they earned more than the income threshold, or when they had self-employment… Read more »

What Is a Notice of Intent to Offset?

Treasury Offset Program Debts (TOP)

Notice of Intent to Offset If you receive a Notice of Intent to Offset, your tax refund is going to be seized and put towards debt you owe to the IRS or another government agency. As part of the Treasury Offset Program (TOP), your tax refund checks are matched against any outstanding debts you owe… Read more »

What to Do When You Have Several Years of Unfiled Tax Returns

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Unfiled Tax Returns Some people avoid filing their tax returns because they don’t want to pay taxes to the IRS. Other simply forget or don’t know they need to file. Whatever the reason, having several years of unfiled tax returns can create problems whether you are due a refund or have a balance due to… Read more »

How to Handle a Notice of Substitute Return Filing

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Letter 2566, Notice of Proposed Tax Assessment The first notice you’ll receive about a Substitute for Return (SFR) is typically a Letter 2566, Notice of Proposed Tax Assessment. When you receive this notice, the IRS is telling you, “You were supposed to file a tax return but didn’t, and here’s how much we think you… Read more »

The IRS Can File a Substitute Return on Your Behalf

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What are the Drawbacks to Letting the IRS File an SFR on your behalf? If you don’t look forward to filing your taxes, having the IRS file your return for you might not sound so bad. However, there are several drawbacks to the Substitute for Return (SFR) filed by the IRS:

File Back Tax Returns Before Submitting an Offer in Compromise

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Pre-OIC Requirements Before you submit an Offer in Compromise (OIC) to the IRS, you must file all delinquent tax returns. If you send in an OIC and still have unfiled returns, the IRS will return your offer without even considering it.

Can You Still Face Penalties If You Get a Tax Filing Extension?

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Reasons for Requesting an Extension There are two major reasons taxpayers request a six-month extension to file their tax returns: • They waited until the last minute, and now they don’t have enough time to file their return. • They can’t afford to pay their tax bill. While the IRS will give all taxpayers an… Read more »