What Happens if I Don’t File my Taxes?

According to Darrin Mish, an attorney that handles IRS problems, ‘IRS problems increase if you do not file a tax return. Statutes of limitations or timelines are allowed by the Tax Code so the IRS can go after nonfilers.Criminal: Criminal charges may be brought against you within six years of the date that the tax return needed to be paid.Civil: There will be no deadlines but civil penalties may be imposed. The taxes you need to pay will be forever assessed with interest and penalties.IRS policy: The IRS does not normally pursue a nonfiler after 6 years from the filing deadline.Not filing a tax return is a criminal offense punishable by one year in prison for each unfiled year and a fine of $25000 each year. If you need to pay taxes and you filed your tax return but did not pay them, there is no criminal penalty. Still, the tax debt is assessed with penalties and interest.How the IRS pursues nonfilers are:Tax returns you’ve filed are matched against information documents in something called Computerized Information Returns Program (IRP). A Taxpayer Deliquency Investigation (TDI) is commenced if no filed tax return is found. You will be contacted with IRS notices, missives, and telephone calls, and a revenue officer will ultimately start searching for you. If you don’t respond to one of the 4 ways used by the IRS to notify nonfilers, others will be used: A Service Center written request. You’ll receive three notices in a 16-week period. A taxpayer service representative will call you. A deadline to file the tax returns will be set.. Call or visit from a revenue agent or officer. You’ll be given a deadline to file your returns with an officer or they will offer to assist you prepare the returns. (If you still do not file the returns, the IRS can legally prepare them for you.) A special agent will pay you a visit. If this happens, it means you’re subject to a criminal investigation.’