CAN THE IRS COLLECT YOUR OLD TAX DEBT?

Does the Clock Ever Run Out on the IRS Collecting Tax Debt? YES.

While it may seem like it, and the IRS has little or no interest in telling you differently, in fact, the IRS does NOT have an unlimited time to collect tax debt from you. The IRS does not have the legal authority to collect tax debt that is more than ten years old. This is useful information for any tax debt outstanding for more than 10 years, or about to be that old, and used to think about if you are going to structure a payment plan for tax debt to be paid off over a period of years.

The key date to determine if the “Collection Statute Expiration Date” for the various elements of your tax debt. If you owe back taxes for a number of years, you have to figure this out separately for each year’s tax liability, and the interest and penalties that relate to each year’s tax debt. The starting point for each year’s tax debt is when the tax was for certain assessed. This could be when you filed that year’s tax return. If you didn’t file a tax return, it would be whenever the IRS assessed your tax for that year with a tax return they file on your behalf called a “Substitute for Return” (SFR). Another possibility is that you were assessed additional tax if you were audited. Basically, once the IRS has a number they can point to, and have told you about, the collection statute clock starts for that increment of tax debt. For each year, the IRS Statute of Limitations expires on the last day of the tenth year.

Tax Defense Partners can review your tax account transcript and figure all of this out for you, first, so you don’t pay taxes, interest, and penalties that are no longer legally collectible, and then to determine a tax resolution strategy for any of your other tax debt based on that information.

Income tax trouble does not solve itself. With interest
and penalties it only gets worse – much worse.

If you call us, we will explain to you the nature of your tax problem and the strategies you can use to resolve it permanently so it no longer threatens your economic life.

You may decide to ask us to resolve your problem for you; to deal with the IRS so you don’t have to – but that will be your decision to make after you clearly understand what we will do to help you, how we will do it and how much it will cost.

Whether or not you hire us, we will still give you a free consultation to frame your tax problem and suggest methods for resolving it permanently. Any and all conversations we have with you are confidential, whether or not we end up working together.

You have nothing to lose. Give us a call to unload some of your worry. Call us for a free consultation.

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