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Will the IRS require back taxes on the funds in a personal checking account If I have not filed for taxes?

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Answered 2008-11-03 21:07:40

Dear Taxpayer, I'll try to answer your question based on what I understand it to be although the phrasing is somewhat vague. If you have a bank account that pays interest, (as many banks have) then you have interest income that will need to be reported on your tax return whether you are filing for the current year or for past years. A bank reports interest income on form 1099-INT, one copy goes to you and the other to the IRS. If you don't have a copy of the 1099-INT for the year in question then you can contact the bank and request one for your records. If the bank is either closed or non-responsive, I'd suggest that you contact the IRS and request a copy of your wage and income transcript for that year. Within 30 days you'll receive a copy of your income information for the year in question. If your account is not an interest-bearing account then you don't pay "additional" taxes on the monies. If you received these funds from your employment, then it gets reported to the IRS on your W2, if its from Self-Employment, then it gets reported on a 1099 or from self-reporting. Regardless of whether you keep the money on a bank account or under your mattress you pay taxes when you get paid, if you then put the money on the bank, you'd only be taxed on the interest received. Should you have additional questions make sure to consult a tax professional. Good luck.

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