How to File Back Tax Returns

By Top Tax Staff

Nothing sets the nerves on edge quite like the need to file back tax returns. Deserved or not, the IRS has a reputation for making life difficult. (We will admit they are trying to be nicer.)

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New Ebook: Settling With the IRS When You Haven't Filed Taxes in Years

By Top Tax Staff

If you haven’t filed your income taxes for a while, you are probably wondering what to do now. Should you continue your habitual non-tax filing behavior? Or should you throw yourself on the mercy of the IRS?

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Settling Your IRS Debt: What To Do When You Owe Back Taxes

By Top Tax Staff

If you could not pay your taxes in full, you owe back taxes to the IRS (and possibly to the state you live in if there is a state income tax). The thing about back taxes is that they accrue interest on the unpaid balance from the time of nonpayment until it is completely paid off. So you wind up paying more than the original amount.

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A Bank Account Freeze? What Do I Do?

By Top Tax Staff

Have you received an IRS notice of levy on your bank account? That’s another name for an IRS bank account freeze or seizure. It happens when you don’t pay your tax debt.

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Answering Common Questions about Tax Liens

By Top Tax Staff

Some people may be getting more attention than usual from the IRS this year. If you had trouble scraping up enough to pay your taxes in full, you might have heard from the federal government already.

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Can I Get a Refund If I Owe Back Taxes?

By Top Tax Staff

Can you get a refund if you owe back taxes? The simple answer is … maybe. As in, it depends on whether you owe less in tax debt than you have coming to you as a refund. There are several reasons the IRS might hold up your refund or seize it to pay for other debt.

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Everything You Need to Know about Settling Your Back Taxes with an IRS Payment Plan

By Top Tax Staff

If you owe the IRS back taxes, consider signing up with a payment plan. Yes, the IRS actually has payment plans for people with low income,  not enough time, or maybe just some plain bad luck.

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Can You File a Second Tax Extension?

By Top Tax Staff

You knew you weren’t going to make the tax filing deadline last April, so you requested an extension. But now that second deadline has come and gone. Can you file for another extension?

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What Happens If I Haven’t Filed Taxes in over Ten Years?

By Top Tax Staff

Not filing taxes for several years could have serious repercussions. Not only can the IRS stop you from applying for a passport or a mortgage, but they can also create a Substitute for Return against you, charge you for failure to pay, or charge you for failure to file.

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Passport Lost: How Owing Taxes to IRS Can Derail Your Summer Travel Plans

By Top Tax Staff

Are you planning to travel out of the country this summer? We hope you are not in tax debt because that could put a damper on things. Did you know that starting in February 2018, the IRS directed the State Department to deny or revoke passports of those owing $51,000 or more in back taxes?

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