Unfiled Tax Returns Common Questions

If you have unfiled tax returns, you may have some questions to go along with it.

Here you will find answers to commonly asked questions regarding unfiled tax returns. If you have questions specific to your situation, we can best assist you when you give us a call.

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How many years does the IRS go back to collect on unfiled tax returns?

6 years. The IRS rarely requires taxpayers to go back more than six years to file a return. Filing six years of delinquent tax returns and negotiating a payment arrangement will satisfy the IRS when you have many years of unfiled returns.

How to file unfiled tax returns

File all tax returns that are due, regardless of whether or not you can pay in full. File your past due return the same way and to the same location where you would file an on-time return.

How to resolve unfiled tax returns

Gather all the information needed to file the past-due return. You can do this by contacting the IRS and requesting your wage and income scripts. Complete your return accurately and submit it to the appropriate IRS unit.

You can get your tax record from the IRS website.

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How much is the penalty for back unfiled tax returns?

The IRS will assess a penalty equaling 5% of any unpaid taxes for every month that a tax return goes unpaid.

What to do if you have unfiled tax returns

1. Get the information you need to file your back taxes

You can start by requesting that the IRS send you your W-2 and 1099 forms. If you are self-employed then you need to gather all the documents showing any sources of income that may not be on file with the IRS.

2. File your tax return

Be sure to complete the tax return form as accurately as possible. You can even enlist the help of a qualified tax preparer to ensure that you don’t miss anything. If you need more time to complete unfiled tax returns or pay the money you owe, you can contact the IRS to see if you can get an extension or agree to a payment arrangement. This can help you avoid further penalties.

3. Monitor return processing and compliance

You need to ensure that you monitor the return processing by asking for your account transcript to ensure that the IRS got your returns and that you have adhered to everything.

The IRS requires you to achieve tax compliance by filing all unfiled back taxes. In some cases, you may need to go back as far as six years. You need to be in open communication with the IRS. This will help ensure that you have fully complied to avoid jail.

How do I find out if I have unfiled tax returns?

Contacting the IRS is the only way to know the accurate answer to that question since all returns would go through them no matter how they may have been filed. Be aware that tax return transcripts are only available for the current year return and the previous three years.

You can get your tax record from the IRS website.

Who should I go to for help with unfiled tax returns?

Tax Network USA has qualified Tax professionals standing by to help you file your late tax return.

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What happens to unfiled tax returns?

You have three years to claim your back tax refunds. If you keep missing or failing to file your taxes, you will have effectively forfeited those back-tax refunds from the IRS after the third year.


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