WASHINGTON — Refunds totaling just over $917 million may be waiting for an estimated 984,400 taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2009, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. However, to collect the money, a return for 2009 must be filed with the IRS no later than Monday, April 15, 2013.
The Better Business Bureau of Acadiana is warning local residents to beware IRS tax season schemes operating in the Acadiana area.
The BBB has received several calls over the last few days from concerned residents inquiring about emails, phone calls and faxes claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service promising them large returns or promises of money owed them from prior tax years.
The IRS can get particularly nasty if they're forced to "catch you" or "chase you down". The best thing to do is to face up to your situation – no matter how bad you perceive it to be – and deal with it now. Hiring an attorney can virtually assure that you won't have to even talk to the IRS, and you'll know that you have someone working in your corner to work out the very best solution to your problem.
When that knock comes on your door and you want to hide because you know it's the IRS there are some simple things you should do and not do. First and foremost you will want to consult with a qualified tax professional. You will typically want to then file all of your tax returns. It doesn't matter if you can afford to pay the IRS or not. Not filing your tax returns is a crime! Do your part to be cooperative and meet the deadlines discussed in the IRS correspondence. Lastly, treat IRS employees with respect, even if you don't want to.
The IRS is knocking on your door, calling your phone, and sending threatening letters in the mail. You are scared. You may feel overwhelmed. Perhaps you have not filed your tax returns for a few years, or you simply don't have the funds to pay what you owe the IRS. The question on your mind is "Will I go to jail?" My answer is: It depends, and it's good to know that many options are available.