Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Is It A Federal Offense To NOT File Your Returns?

Another proposal would make repeated failure to file a tax return a felony. Current law provides that willful failure to file a tax return is a misdemeanor punishable by a term of imprisonment for not more than one year, a fine of not more than $25,000 ($100,000 in the case of a corporation), or both. A taxpayer who fails to file returns for multiple years commits a separate misdemeanor offense for each year.
Under the administration’s proposal, any person who willfully fails to file tax returns in any three years within any five-consecutive-year period, if the aggregated tax liability for such period is at least $50,000, would be subject to a new aggravated failure-to-file criminal penalty. The proposal would classify such a failure as a felony and, upon conviction, impose a fine of not more than $250,000 ($500,000 in the case of a corporation) or imprisonment for not more than five years, or both. The proposal would be effective for returns required to be filed after Dec. 31, 2009.
The administration also proposes to revise the offer-in-compromise application rules to eliminate the requirements that an initial offer-in-compromise include a nonrefundable payment of any portion of the taxpayer’s offer.

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1 comment:

footbolito17 said...

It really is... The IRS are so mean now a days.. they have been hunting down tax evaders..

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