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2022-01-18 11:05

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Unfiled Tax Returns - Tax Resolution Services - Flat Fee Tax

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Although it is fairly well known that the IRS is woefully behind in processing tax returns, you still must file a tax return. Taxpayers (TP) that fail to file their tax returns for one or more years for any reason can become overwhelmed later on down the road when attempting to file all their missing tax years at once. Missing all or a portion of their records, personal hardship, and/or neglect are some of the many reasons people fall behind in filing their taxes. Fortunately, there are ways to approach the problem of unfiled tax returns.


What happens if you have

Unfiled Tax Returns?


In most non-COVID years, the IRS requires you to file your taxes by April 15th. If you don’t file your tax return you may receive late penalties, and your refund could be delayed or even forfeited if filed late enough.

Late Penalties


The IRS will assess a failure-to-file penalty equaling 5% of any unpaid taxes for every month that a tax return goes unpaid. This will max out at 25%. Speak to a professional consultant if you need to file for an extension on your taxes to avoid these penalties.


Delayed Refunds


If you consistently file late, the government may run an investigation, which can take some time. This will consequently delay your tax refund and may result in a refund being forfeited depending on the fines.


How many years does the IRS go back for Unfiled Tax Returns?


The IRS rarely goes past six years for non-filing enforcement. For the most part, delinquent returns and SFR enforcement actions are completed within three years after the due date of the return.


Substitute for Return (SFR)


When the IRS discovers that a TP has failed to file a tax return on reported income, the IRS will file what is called a Substitute for Return (SFR). This is not a real tax return as it does not provide all the deductions allowed to a taxpayer (TP). It is a tax assessment that gives authorization to the IRS to enforce collection. This assessment will be packed with failure-to-file penalties as well as interest. 


How do I resolve Unfiled Tax Returns?


To resolve unfiled tax return problems, consider the following steps.

a. Gather all the information needed to file the past-due return. You can do this by contacting the IRS and requesting your wage and income scripts.

b. Complete your return accurately and submit it to the appropriate IRS unit.

c. Keep an eye on the return processing and other compliance activities. You can do this by contacting the appropriate IRS unit to make sure the IRS processed your return.

d. Challenge any and all Substitute for Returns and replace them with "real" tax returns. By doing so, your tax debt will probably be cut in half (approximation).

e. A TP cannot settle with the IRS unless they are compliant. That means all of the necessary tax returns have been filed.


The IRS maintains a file going back numerous years of all W2s, 1099s, and 1098s (mortgage interest paid) filed in the name of individual taxpayers. Flat Fee Tax Relief can determine certain facts from master file transcripts, available for those years where the IRS has prepared a Substitute for Return. These ‘records of account’ provide adjusted gross income, taxable income, tax, number of exemptions, filing status, and self-employment tax. When we take on this kind of case, we will assist in re-filing your tax returns and our negotiations will be based on more favorable tax returns for your benefit.


Flat Fee Tax can help with Unfiled Tax Returns


Flat Fee Tax Relief can prepare past returns using various substitute sources when there are missing records. Those tax returns should be filed as soon as possible in order to avoid accumulated compounding interest. Also, it should be noted that if tax returns have not been filed for the three most recent tax years, those returns should be prepared immediately in order to claim any refunds that may be due. For assistance with a tax return, speak with a licensed professional at Flat Fee Tax Relief.




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