There is no statute of limitations on assessment for a tax return that has never been filed. But they cannot assess you without explanation but they can base your return on income earned in prior years and even assess income higher than prior years based upon the notion that you make more each year. You should be able to establish the correct amount via the IRS or your own records or those who paid you (employers for ex.). I suggest highly that you engage a tax lawyer to help you get the real information so you can figure out the true return amount.
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My colleague is correct - the statute of limitations doesn't start until you file the return.
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Talk to a tax lawyer and gather the info to file a tax return.... Statute of limitations doesn't exist on a failure to file....
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