I relieved a certified letter today asking for payment of delinquent earned income taxes from 2002-2006. I have never received notification prior to today...13 years later. Is there a statute of limitations that would apply to this? Am I legally responsible for paying something I didn’t even know was delinquent for 13 years?
First don't take this answer out on me. I do not necessarily agree with; i am just stating the law. I don't like the IRS any more than you do. Anyway, here it is: You did know about it. You knew taxes were due on income 13 years ago, unless your age is now 14. I am guessing that it is not. Second, you are rsponsible to file a return for most years you earn income. If you do not, there is no statute. In fact, it can be criminal. Don't get alarmed, right now they just want the money. Even if your employer does not withhold, that does not mean you get money tax free. Only the president gets that (sorry, I could not help myself). If you did not file, I suggest you do it now. It may be possible that after you do file, you won't owe money anyway. File a return and see. Better yet, speak to a CPA. He may be able to help you better. Good luck.
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You are presumed to know your tax filing obligations. Normally statutes of limitations don't begin to run until a tax return is filed.
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