I have a tax debt -- I am not asking to eliminate it -- I expect to pay it if I ever get a job. What I am asking is how far can the IRS go before that? Can they take the chair I am sitting on? My laptop? The food off the table? I am afraid to use a bank because I don't know if they can take my money if I have any. If I get a job I will need to pay my bills and eat but can the IRS just take my salary even if I need the money to live? It is especially hard to be harassed by the IRS as an unemployed, single parent who lives day-to-day. Ironically the IRS is hassling me particularly because, they say, they don't know how I can get by on SO LITTLE and they don't believe it! Obviously I cannot afford a lawyer!!
As far as collecting back taxes, the IRS lien usually lasts for 10 years. If there was no return filed for a tax year, the statute of limitations never begins to run, so the IRS can go back to this year at any time. As far as contents of the home, they usually are not interested in these items. If you get a job, they will try to garnish your wages. As far as you getting buy, the truth is the truth and you merely have to show your lack of assets and the debts you have.
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The IRS has 3 years to audit your returns, but the audited returns can "open the door" to a review of prior years. The collection period is 10 years. If you are unemployed and insolvent right now, it may be time to file for an offer in compromise of your tax debt. This could result in lower payments and a payment plan you can manage.
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The statute of limitations for collection of a tax debt is 10 years. To eliminate the enforced collection procedures by the IRS you can make an offer in compromise to pay an amount less than you owe based on your current financial situation, or you could ask them to put you on un-collectible status. It is better to work out a plan, rather than have them enforce collection.
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