SSA has no responsibility to tell you to file a tax return. Your back taxes due do not have anything to do with your current filing requirement. You should get this cleared up before the government levies on your SSA payments. You can make an offer in compromise on this outstanding debt. You may or may not have a current filing requirement. Consult with a local tax professional to run the numbers for you. You may want to file regardless to start the statute of limitations which does not begin until an actual return is filed.
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There is no statute of limitations on unfiled returns, or fraudulently filed returns. When you do not file, you leave open the opportunity that they can mess with you forever. They usually will not mess with taxes incurred 25 years ago, but nothing stops them under the law. And you still have the same duty to substantiate despite the fact that the records are long gone, or the IRS wins.
My suggestion would be to go back and file all of your past returns, or this can happen again and again.