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Yes. The IRS can pretty much garnish anything. So pay up now, or pay up later (with interest).
It can go back for forever....if you didn't file a return, the Statute of Limitations never starts and hence, it never ends. That same SOL has many conditions that can make it… go on and on...so if they assessed and you didn't pay, again, ot can go on and on. Generally, and only generally, the IRS will be unyielding on the last 7 years returns - or as far back as they show communication abut, if longer. ------- They came after me for the last 10 years. My CPA says they COULD come after me for prior years but since they have no computer records of anything either way, its unlikely they will. (I am working to resolve it now)
For government insured or guaraneed loans, which equal debts owed the government, yes the invoke the right to offset and will not send you any money until you pay what you owe…. Makes sense.
First, there are many SOLs, both for different taxes and then separate ones for audit, assesment and collection...as you see a progression that added together can be a long ti…me. Depending on certain things, the audit one is normally 3 or 4 years. However, a substantial underpayment, normally more than 25%, can extend that too. And how the days are counted can be a bit strange..but more importantly, that they can be "tolled" (stopped), by many things, most noteably from when the Dept sends a notice, received or not, until you respond for example. So ignoring them while the time goes by doesn't work...the time ain't counting. Payroll tax can be even a bit different, because those are trust funds that you hold for the State...the audit periods are normally more like 2 years to notify of an audit to see the proper things were taxed and paid over. But if it is a matter of your not payng over what you collected, then it is a criminal matter and a whole other set of rules may be invoked. Importantly for many is to understand the SOL only starts to run when a return is filed. If you don't file, you are perpetually open and will never time out
Yes. Do you think the IRS should just presume that everybody who doesn't file doesn't owe any taxes? 26USC6012 requires anyone having more than a certain amount of income …to file a tax return. 26USC7203 makes willful failure to file a return a crime punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a $25,000 fine. Neither of these laws carry any requirement that you owe money. It is extremely rare, but people have been successfully criminally prosecuted for failure to file even though they might owe no money. See Spies v. United States, 317 U.S. 492, 496 (1943); United States v. Wade, 585 F.2d 573, 574 (5th Cir. 1978). Is the typical guy whose only source of income is a W-2 on which he had way too much tax withheld going to get prosecuted? No. Maybe if he gets arrested for something else like drugs, a tax charge might be piled onto his case. Or if he sends threatening letters to the IRS commissioner, they might take revenge. But not typically. People who have never had any income other than a W-2 forget one fact: The IRS does not know whether you owe any money until you file your taxes. A lot of people have income from other sources that does not get reported on a W-2. They owe income tax on that, too. And the IRS does not know that you have dependents or have deductions or whatever unless you file a tax return. They need that statement, sworn under penalty of perjury, of your income, deductions, exemptions, credits, and so on to properly calculate whether you owe taxes. If you don't send it to them, they will make certain worst-case assumptions about you and could even pursue you for taxes you don't owe. And if you don't file, the statute of limitations never starts running. That mean that the IRS can hound you over whether you owed taxes forever. There are also certain elections that need to be made on or before the filing date. Failure to make these elections in a timely manner means you forfeit the opportunity. For example, you can take a return of your current year IRA contribution or recharacterize a contribution up until October 15 of the next year, but only if you file your return (or an extension) on time, even if you don't owe money. Now many people will point to the fact that the civil penalty (as opposed to the rare criminal penalty) for filing late is based on the amount of money you owe. If you don't owe any money, the penalty is $0. (Note: some states impose penalties that may not be based on the amount you owe.) They then extrapolate that to mean you are not required to file and nothing will happen if you don't. These people do not know the big picture. And I don't know how many times I've seen people say "I always get a refund" but this year they don't. And they don't realize it because they haven't filled out their taxes. Or they make a mistake on their taxes and the IRS catches them. They end up paying thousands of dollars in needless failure to file penalties because they didn't file on time.
401k and IRAs are "Assets", the IRS can levy assets and seize them if you do not resolve your tax matters. You can resolve your back taxes through different avenues, negotia…ted payment plans and negotiated tax settlements. Added: If you have unresolved tax debt, IRS is authorized to seize any property and assets, even they are held by someone else. So it means, they can levy your wages, retirement accounts, dividends, bank accounts, licenses, rental income, accounts receivables, the cash loan value of your life insurance, or commissions. Usually levy is the last tool that IRS would use to get back taxes. So if you get a letter called "Final Notice of Intent to Levy", you should be careful.
Backup withholding is an investment term. Essentially, it means federal income tax that is withheld by a bank when it does not have the account holder's Social Security nu…mber on file.
do u want to go to jail , I didn't think so
The IRS can garnish up to 15% of your Social Security check unless you work out an alternate repayment plan or are categorized as "uncollectible" due to income and expenses. … If your Social Security benefits are in a bank account that has funds from other sources, the IRS may levy the account and take a larger amount. It would be in your best interest to contact the IRS to discuss your options.
Yes, if you are in the Tax Refund Offset Program through the Financial Management Services. Through this program, your refund or overpayment may also be reduced by FMS and off…set to pay any past-due child support, Federal agency non-tax debts, or state income tax obligations.
This answer will depend on what type of money is owed and to who. If you are in the FMS offset refund tax program for any legal government debts it is possible for the FMS to …get a part of or your entire refund amount. The Department of Treasury's Financial Management Service (FMS), which issues IRS tax refunds, has been authorized by Congress to conduct the Treasury Offset Program. Through this program, your refund or overpayment may be reduced by FMS and offset to pay any past due child support, Federal agency non tax debts, or state income tax obligations. Go to www.irs.gov and use the search box for Topic 203 - Failure to Pay Child Support, Federal Non Tax and State Income Tax Obligations http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc203.html For additional information, FMS can be reached at 800-304-3107.
Absolutely. If you owe any government agency they will put a lien on your tax refund and it will be taken and applied to your debt. After this you will receive a letter sh…owing the amount take and to whom it was sent. You probably will get a letter from the agency that you owe showing receipt of the funds and the balance still owed or if your account is cleared it will also show this. The IRS doesn't actually send out the money but it is done by another Department of Treasury Division.
In Income Taxes
If this is about the income tax refund offset program through the FMS. You can use the below enclosed information and phone number. The Department of Treasury's Financial Mana…gement Service (FMS), which issues IRS tax refunds, has been authorized by Congress to conduct the Treasury Offset Program. Through this program, your refund or overpayment may be reduced by FMS and offset to pay any past due child support, Federal agency non tax debts, or state income tax obligations. Go to the IRS gov website and use the search box for Topic 203 - Failure to Pay Child Support, Federal Non Tax and State Income Tax Obligations For additional information, FMS can be reached at 800-304-3107.
This is more a "generally" answer than specific to any tax...although most have their own specifics, the generalities remain the same. There are many SOLs..ones for reviewing …return, ones for assesing the tax, and ones for collecting the tax assessed. Together than can make for a long time under any circumstances. The SOLs are different for each type of tax. For individuals on income tax, the first is generally 3 years from when you filed the return. If there is a gross understatement of tax (25% or more), then the statute is 6 years. There is no statute if fraud is involved. (Fraud can sometimes be considered by intentionally not paying any amount, especially over 25%, without any real legal support. MOST IMPORTANT: The Statutes don't even start to run until a return is filed. (Didn't file, always open...no SOL argument available). The way the time is counted gets complex. Many things toll (means stops) the running/counting of time...like the Govt sending a letter (responded to or claimed to have been received or not to what is/was your last known address with that Department), negotiating, etc. Generally holidays and such don't count either. Commonly, a jeopardy assesment is issued before the SOL for assessment runs out. Specifically allowed by law if the Govt feels it is at "jeopardy" of losing out. These assessments are obviously very high and actually change your legal position as they are given the "presumption of correctness" and become what you then have to prove inaccurate by specific amounts.....rather than the Govt having to prove your return inaccurate.
Yes, they may take anything worth value, that is in your name. Cars, Houses, Mobile Homes, Campers, Motorcycles nothing is exempt if it comes down to that.
Sure. Death benefits do not enjoy any preference when the beneficiary owes back taxes. They can also garnish your wages and/or Social Security Benefits. You best bet is to… set up a payment plan with then and get the back taxes paid.