Back taxes, unpaid taxes and unfiled tax returns are handled by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS has been empowered by law to charge you large penalties and high interest for any taxes they figure are owed.
Why Are They Important?
Let's say it again just to be clear. The IRS has been empowered by U.S. law to charge you large penalties and high interest for any taxes they figure are owed. Fixing a back tax case allows you to settle the matter, which can stop further penalties and interest on the amount you owe as well as protect your assets from being frozen or seized.
How Prevalent are Back Taxes
Sometimes a person receives a lump sum payment from an inheritance, or a settlement, or a lottery or a casino jackpot, and they can end up owing back taxes if they do not properly figure and pay the appropriate amount of tax when due.
According to the Internal Revenue Service, approximately twenty percent of the taxpayers in the United States either owe back taxes or are late in filing a tax return. So that's a fun game: take the next ten random people you meet on the street in Chicago, or New York, or Raleigh, or Fort Worth or wherever you are and guess which two are delinquent in their taxes. To at least avoid being late when you file your tax, see our pointers about how to file for a tax extension.
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