There are always people out there who don’t take the idea of taxation very seriously. Some of them simply think they don’t have to pay and if they are caught, somehow they will get out of it. Bad idea!
Whether you delay filing your tax return for a year or two, or many years, it’s not worth it. If you are a “non-filer,” in addition to having to pay back taxes, you could be looking at criminal and civil penalties.
The IRS, with all its mighty resources is becoming very good at finding non-filers. The IRS has increased its budget for technology that helps locate non filing taxpayers; in fact they have targeted the problem as a high priority. IRS uses computer matching and software programs to help as well. The IRS Information Reporting System matches W.2’s and 1099’s to the tax documents submitted. So while the IRS may not have found you yet, sooner or later they will find you and they will want their unpaid back taxes. They utilize what’s called “substitute for return” procedures in this case. Failure to file or tax evasion can be very serious if not dealt with. It is advisable to handle these situations head on.
If you are being pursued as a non-filer, you will probably get a call from the IRS Criminal Investigation Division. Lots of times, the IRS will try to make an example of a few people so that the rest of the tax paying public will take notice, and they are very successful in their efforts.
The IRS Voluntary Disclosure Policy allows taxpayers to submit the missing returns and usually avoid prosecution. However, all unfiled tax returns must be fully accurate . this is critically important. If not, the chance of criminal prosecution is heightened. As such, you will need to file a correct tax return; make full payment; and make the disclosure before finding out you are under criminal investigation.
At Tenina Law, Inc., we have the knowledge and the experience necessary to assist you with your back taxes and unfiled tax returns.