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What is the statute of limitations on back taxes owed the IRS?
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 time.
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
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