The only proof that I have that I did the work is a claendar with the names of who I did the work for and how much I got paid, this they said was unacceptable because it wasnt enough proof. They are saying that I owe them and I dont understand how they figure that if they say I have no proof that I have income to claim the income tax credit for my grsndchildren. Right now I have no job and I am going blind and can not pay them because I can not work.
The only question the IRS has is, do you owe the money. Your ability to pay isn't relevant to that question, although you could negotiate to pay them what you owe in installment payments rather than a lump sum.
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The above answer is correct. Whether you have the money to pay is irrelevant. Once the IRS is "on your trail", simply amending your return will not work. Your options now are to dispute the taxes owed. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may represent yourself before the IRS, although I would caution against doing so. Experienced attorneys know which information to give and withhold.
If you truly cannot afford to pay, then you may qualify for an Offer In Compromise. However, be forewarned that most taxpayers do not qualify for this, and it can be a lengthy process. Be sure to have a trustworthy attorney or CPA help you with this process, and avoid large up-front costs.
Another option may be the installment plans the above answer referenced. This is an agreement between you and he IRS where the amount of the monthly payment is based on your income. The trap here is that interest continues to accrue and can quickly become more than the original tax liability. The "good" news is that the IRS only has 10 years to collect.
A final option, if your income is low enough, is being placed on uncollectible status. Again, this has its caveats and is not always a solution, but more of a temporary fix.
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Mr Munson offers sound advice. You should not be doing this on your own and of course you should not have been preparing your tax returns on your own. You need to get with a tax attorney to explore the various options of OIC, installment agreement, uncollectible status, etc. and to have this attorney implement the correct strategy.
Be aware that you can enter into an installment payment with the IRS and it now can be for up to 5 years. However, interest will still accrue on the ongoing balance due until fully paid off. For more on this please read IRS Fresh Start Program at http://www.sjfpc.com/irs_fresh_start_installmen.... Be sure to hit the like button at the end of this article if you found it helpful.
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If you did work for people, why not talk to those people and ask them for a letter stating that you did actually work for them and how much they paid you. Even if you cannot get such a letter from everyone you worked for, if you can get such a letter from several of those people, that should be evidence that you did actually do the work for the other people that you're claiming you did. Also, were you paid by check? If you were, did you deposit those checks into your bank account? If not, do you have a receipt from where ever you cashed the check showing how much the check was?
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