The IRS will levy your property, and will file liens against you. They will file liens in your county, and tack on interest and penalties, and possibly do a tax sale. I do not think that you will go to jail for a 10,000, but it will cost youmuch more in the long run. Work out your debt with the IRS. Get yourself a competent attorney who can do a workout or an offer in compromise. A bankruptcy attorney could also be of service, if you have additional debt, but remember that taxes in many cases are not dischargeable, but you could do a C13 Plan to pay them off.
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Mr Nachbar offers sound advice. If you have any assets and have future income offer in compromises are a long shot. However, 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_installments.html. Be sure to hit the like button at the end of this article if you found it helpful.
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I agree with the prior attorneys that you will not go to jail. Make sure you have filed all your tax returns. Consult with a tax attorney such as myself to help assist with a workout plan. New IRS programs may also allow you to avoid a tax lien and even get a payment plan quickly and easily. Do not let it go on too long or you will know what "debtors prison" means.
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