If you have not filed various tax returns, we can help. While filing these returns may be daunting, it is crucial that they are filed correctly and promptly.
Typically, if a taxpayer does not file and the IRS is looking for the return, a “substitute for return” will be filed. This is an arbitrary return that is prepared by the IRS and used to assess tax against the taxpayer. The “substitute for return” is based on income information provided by your employer or payers, and was submitted to the IRS. This return does not include any special deductions or credits you may be entitled to and is typically a very high yet conservative assessment made by the IRS. Usually, if the taxpayer submits an actual return, this amount will be drastically reduced.
Typically, if a taxpayer does not file and the IRS is looking for the return, a “substitute for return” will be filed. Once the substitute for return becomes a valid assessment, the IRS may take enforced collection action against the taxpayer such as issuing a levy on wages or garnishing bank accounts. To get the levy released, the taxpayer must file all returns immediately. If the taxpayer does not have the tax information for past due years, we can obtain this information from the IRS within 24 hours.
If you cannot locate your old tax information, we can order your wage and income transcripts from the IRS and advise you on how to reconstruct your records to the best of your ability. You may also be able to obtain these transcripts online at IRS website, www.irs.gov.
If you are self-employed and had business expenses, then you should be able to deduct these on your return. Though you may not be able to locate the receipts, there may be other ways these expenses can be substantiated.
Many taxpayers worry to much about locating the missing information and continue to delay the filing of these returns. It is always better to file with the information you have and to the best of your ability than to continue to delay filing.
Please contact our office if you would like us to prepare past due returns on your behalf!
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