Years I did not file taxes
March 1, 2014 10:04 AM Subscribe
There were a few years when I did not pay state or federal taxes. I'm not sure exactly which years, but probably 2001-04 is the window of time I'm looking at. I put it off until the last minute, then got overwhelmed by the paperwork and the forms and just gave up. I didn't make much money any of those years. I'm not even sure I owed taxes - in most cases I probably was due for a (tiny) refund.
For the past several years I have worked on becoming more financially responsible and have regularly paid my taxes on time. I tend to forget about those years but when I do think about them I'm concerned. I'm just not sure what steps to take to resolve this. I'm not even sure which years I did not file.
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (26 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
It seems the most logical thing to do is to contact the IRS directly, explain there were years when I did not file taxes and ask them what the next step is. However before I make myself that vulnerable to the IRS I'd like to have a better understanding of what to expect.
My expectation is that they will help me acquire the W-2s for those years and the forms for filing, and then set up a payment plan to repay fines and back taxes. But is there any chance of other consequences? Jail, criminal charges, garnished wages?
I know what I did was stupid and irresponsible. It's scary to open this up instead of ignoring it. I'd appreciate any advice in sorting it out.