Didn?t File Anything with the IRS on April 15th?

Posted by Nick Niesen on November 8th, 2010

The magic tax date of April 15th has passed. If you did not file a tax return or extension request, you need to consider the following.

Didn?t File Anything with the IRS on April 15th?

The Internal Revenue Service is a bit touchy about filing tax returns. It would prefer you to file a return or extension to doing nothing, even if you cannot pay. If worse comes to worse, the IRS will simply put you on a payment plan. Failing to file anything, however, can lead too more unwanted attention from the agency than you could possible want to receive.

In general, you should always try to pay your taxes whenever possible. Failure to do so can lead to brutal penalties and interest charges. If the IRS thinks you are up to something funny, the penalties and interest can add up to 25 percent of your tax bill. That is a big chunk of change!

If you are due a refund, but just did not get around to filing your taxes, you do not have to worry about penalties and interest. There are none since you are owed money. That being said, are you nuts? Why would you give the government an interest free loan? What could you be using that money for in your daily life? Get off the couch and get a return filed so you can get your money back. For obvious reasons, few people let refunds sit at the IRS. If you are insanely lazy, keep in mind you will lose the refunds if you do not claim them within three years of the original filing date. Frankly, you deserve to if you are that lazy!

If you owe taxes and do not have the cash, there may be an alternative you can use. To the surprise of many, the IRS accepts credit cards as a payment method. With high interest rates, credit cards are not a great option. On the other hand, credit card companies cannot audit you!

The IRS understands that a certain percentage of taxpayers may not be able to pay all of their taxes. The key to keeping the agency off your back is to file the return even if you cannot pay.

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