I have not filed taxes in 6 years due to not making a livable amount. I recently came into an inheritance and was thinking of depositing it into my boyfriend's credit union account, but they need me on the account since they won't let me just sign the check over. I have not received any notices from the IRS regarding not filing.
I always recommend that returns be filed even though you have no liability. Had that been done you would not be facing your current dilemma. The IRS cannot take the money unless there is a debt due. If they have your current address you would receive notices if they intended to do anything. Since you have not filed in 6 years this is something you need to look into as they may have sent notices you did not receive if you moved around. It is your responsibility to notify them of your address, not theirs to keep track of you.
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Alll adults should file a tax return every year. If you do not file a tax return, there is not limitation on the IRS auditing you for that year. If you file a return, it starts the Statute of Limitations on Audits (3 years) and Collections (10 years.) Filing a "0" or low income return is wise for this reason.
The IRS may have filed a tax return for you (known as a Substitute for Return) and you may unknowingly owe taxes. I suggest you speak with the estate attorney to help you.
I hope this helps! Ron Cappuccio
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Like my colleagues, I urge you get all of your tax returns on file. Pay any taxes, interest and penalties. if you did not earn much and had taxes taken out you may not owe any monies. Unfortunately for returns that were due more than 3 years ago, you will forego any possible refund. Also, it is not a good idea to put the money in an account of another. Sit down with a CPA to get your returns on file.
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