Did You Forget To File Your Returns on April 15th with the IRS?
The Internal Revenue Service happens to be a bit sensitive regarding filing of tax returns. Even if you are unable to pay, it prefers you to do a file your return or take a filing extension. In the worst situation, the IRS simply puts you on a payment plan. If you are unable to file anything, then you will definitely receive a lot of unexpected attention from the authority.
Normally, you should make a point to always pay your taxes. Otherwise, it might bring on huge penalties as well as interests. In case the IRS happens to have any doubts, you might finally end up paying interest and penalties of up to 25% of your taxes. It’s really a huge charge!
In case there is a refund due for you, then there is no worry for you regarding any penalties even if you couldn’t file your taxes. This is because they owe you money. But are you crazy? Why are you giving the government a loan that is interest-free? You couldn’t have used that money for other purposes? Just be quick to get your return filed. Very few people will let go of their refunds. Always remember that you will lose your refunds if you fail to claim within three years from the original date of filing them. Truly speaking, if you are so lazy, then you deserve to lose your money!
In case you have to pay taxes but you don’t have money, then there is an alternative for you. You can even pay taxes to the IRS through credit cards. It’s definitely not a great option, as its interest rates are higher. But you cannot be audited by the credit card companies.
That some taxpayers may be unable to pay their taxes fully is well understood by the IRS. So to be on the safer side, even if you are unable to pay, it is always good to file your return.
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