How many years can the IRS go back to demand payment of an unpaid balance of assessment?
I have not filed a tax return in over 14 years. I recently a letter form them(IRS) claiming I owe nearly $60,000 in unpaid taxes for the years 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. I am planning to negotiate a settlement with them to try and clear the matter. Once I have settled with them for the 4 years they say I owe, will that be the end of it or will they pursue me for the other 10 years I didn't file?
Since you never filed a tax return in over fourteen (14) years, the Internal Revenue Service can go back over these Fourteen years and claim unpaid taxes owed by you. Had you filed tax returns for any year with the Internal Revenue Service, the statute of limitations that would apply would be three (3) years as to each filed tax year of your return.
Potentially the Internal Revenue Service can go after you for unpaid taxes for tax years prior to 2003. In settling with the Internal Revenue Service for tax years 2004 through 2008, it is important that you try and obtain a full and written release from not only for these years but possibly any other unpaid taxes owed by you.
You should have either an attorney who practices tax law or a certified public accountant assisting you in your negotiations with the Internal Revenue Service over back taxes owed.