How far back can the IRS go if taxes were not filed

Asked about 3 years ago - Miller Place, NY

If a person has not filed taxes for over 15 years can the irs go back that long?

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Curtis Lamar Harrington Jr

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . IRC 6501(c)(3). No limitation period. The income tax was introduced in 1913, so.......

    Curt Harrington Patent & Tax Law Attorney Certified Tax Specialist by the California Board of Legal... more
  2. Henry Daniel Lively

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . The statute does not begin to run until you file the tax return.

    Any individual seeking legal advice for their own situation should retain their own legal counsel as this response... more
  3. Robert Jan Suhajda

    Contributor Level 17

    Answered . Practically, it is usually 6 years unless there is reason for the IRS to go further.

    Disclaimer of California Attorney. Laws differ from state to state. Although the above response is believed to be... more
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