If You Have Not Filed Your Taxes In Years – What to Do if You Have Not Filed Your Tax Return
For whatever your reason, if you haven’t filed a tax in a few years, we can help you get back on track. You may have been told by a friend or co-worker that you didn’t need to file a tax return. You may not have known you were required to file and only recently learned about your tax filing requirements. You may not have filed because you thought that you owe tax that you could not afford to pay. Whatever your reason for not filing, filing your tax returns as soon as possible is the best approach. If you need help, Tax Samaritan can help get you back on track.
You may be surprised to learn that you may be entitled to tax credits that result in a refund. However, if you are due a refund, you only have three years from the due date of the return to claim the refund. Wait too long and the government gets to keep your money…
If you are filing late and are due a refund, there are no penalties for late tax filing. If instead you owe taxes, there are many options available to pay the tax that is owed so that there is minimal strain on your finances. If you cannot pay all of the tax due on your return, we may be able to help establish an installment agreement with the IRS.
If you do not file your return on or before the due date, you may be charged penalties and interest. If your return was not filed by the due date, you may be subject to the failure to file and failure to pay penalties. However, if you filed on time but did not pay in full, you will be subject only to the failure to pay penalty. Interest is charged on taxes not paid by the due date, even if you have an extension of time to file. Interest is also charged on penalties.
Regardless of your reason for not filing, you should file your federal tax return as soon as possible. If you are an overseas taxpayer, there is an even greater urgency as your rights to claim certain benefits, such as the foreign earned income exclusion, are contingent on your filing an original tax return before any notification or inquiry by the IRS pertaining to unfiled returns.
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Tax Samaritan is a team of Enrolled Agents with over 25 years of experience focusing on US tax preparation and representation. We maintain this tax blog where all articles are written by Enrolled Agents. Our main objective is to educate US taxpayers on their tax responsibilities and the selection of a tax professional. Our articles are also designed to help taxpayers looking to self prepare, providing specific tips and pitfalls to avoid.
When looking for a tax professional, choose carefully. We recommend that you hire a credentialed tax professional such as Tax Samaritan that is an Enrolled Agent (America’s Tax Experts). If you are a US taxpayer overseas, we further recommend that you seek a professional who is experienced in expat tax preparation, like Tax Samaritan (most tax professionals have limited to no experience with the unique tax issues of expat taxpayers).
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