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IRS Notice: Missing Personal Tax Return or Returns

May 6, 2014

If you did not file your tax return, you may receive Notice CP59 from the IRS. This notice is sent by the IRS to inform you that they have not received your tax return. If you had filed your tax return or are not required to file a return for that particular year for which the notice has been send, then you must immediately contact the IRS and explain your position to them.

If you were required to file a return, but did not file, then you must file your returns as soon as possible and, if necessary, explore options to resolve your tax debt before contacting the IRS. After receiving this initial notice, the IRS will send further notices about the unfiled taxes and will eventually assess your tax debt and move to aggressive collection actions. Therefore, after receiving Notice CP59, you must calculate the amount of taxes you owe and consider your ability to pay.

In case you cannot pay the amount of taxes you owe due to fragile financial position, then you can explore IRS payment plans that allow tax debt reduction or postponement of the paying of tax debt. It pays to be honest with the IRS because the IRS demands proof for claims made by taxpayers. Before qualifying for a tax debt reduction plan, the IRS will ask for a detailed account of the applicant’s assets, income and liabilities. On the basis of the information provided, the IRS will decide how much relief to provide, if any. The role of a tax lawyer, in such cases, is crucial in helping the applicant qualify for the right payment plan, negotiate with the IRS and smoothly bring the taxpayer back into compliance.

If you did not file your return because of an unforeseen event such as death in the family, theft, a natural disaster that impacted you, or a personal tragedy, then you may be forgiven the penalties charged on tax debt.

Receiving Notice CP59 indicates that the IRS has taken notice of your non-compliance and will pursue the case. It is best to begin resolution efforts at initial stages to avoid the accumulation of penalties and interest on tax debt, and harsh collection actions by the IRS.

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