People have different reasons for not filing their taxes. We understand. Maybe you didn’t know you needed to file. Maybe you have a tax bill you can’t afford. Maybe life just got in the way. Whatever the case, if you didn’t file a tax return by the deadline you should file as soon as possible.
If you are expecting a refund and you don’t file your tax return, the IRS may file a substitute return for you. But they won’t care about getting all your deductions and credits the way you would. This means your refund could be smaller than you really deserve.
On the other hand, you may not ever see your refund. There is no penalty for not filing if you are expecting money back, but you only have three years from the April deadline to submit your return. If you don’t, you could lose your refund altogether.
Some people don’t file because they have a tax bill they can’t afford to pay. But if you skip filing your taxes just to avoid paying, the IRS will charge you interest and penalties for each month you are late. This makes matters worse. Instead of not filing your return, contact the IRS. They will help you find a payment plan that you can afford.
It’s not too late to do the right thing. Submit your return as soon as you can. Remember that before you sit down to file, you’ll need to have all the necessary documents for the tax year you are filing. If you’re missing some tax information, the IRS may have what you need. They keep all the returns you have submitted over the past 10 years. You can request a transcript of a prior tax year by filling out Form 4506-T Request for Transcript of Tax Return.
You also need to make sure your IRS tax forms (and instructions) are the correct ones. Verify that all of your forms are for the year that you are filing.
TaxSlayer makes it easy to complete a prior year return for up to three years after the return was due. The IRS and states do not allow prior year returns to be filed electronically. So, when you have finished your tax return(s), you’ll need to print and mail it in. You’ll do the same for your state return (if applicable).
Be sure to sign your return and attach a copy of your W-2 statements, plus any additional forms or schedules you created.
*If you are filing both state and federal income tax returns, you will send them to separate addresses.
The IRS mailing address depends on your state of residence. Find your IRS mailing address according to state.
The address where you’ll send your state return can typically be found on the printed state return.
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