Is it true that if youve never filed a tax return you never have to?

United States
January 22, 2007 7:03pm CST
And youll never have to file ever but if you file once you have to the rest of your life? that would mean we have to tell our children dont get involved with tax returns and save a headache and just put the right number on your W2s (9)?
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@sunrisekn (1466)
• United States
23 Jan 07
If you are receiving a W-2, then the IRS knows that you are getting money. The person tht issued the W-2 has to report hat income and in return, your income is getting reported. You still have to file, even if you won't owe or get a refund. It's a hassle, but a necessary one to stay off the IRS's radar. Once you're on it, it is hard to get off of it.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
yes this is true and the penalties would be you lose your extra taxes so whats the difference if you dont owe or you had plenty taken out and never filed is what im askin if the rule exist or is a myth?and i mean never filed in your lifetime?
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• United States
23 Jan 07
ok lets say that you were owed a refund of $500 from the goverment. Off the top of my head I am not sure what the current penalty is. but anyway it was 1997 when you started working. They would charge you just for giggles $2000 a year starting that year by 2007 you would owe the goverment approx over 20,500. I know the interest rate for business is 1.5 percent. I believe it is higher for individuals. but now also that number would be offset if you could prove that you were suppose to get the $500 but only for that amount. So it would be a slightly slower. Unfortunatly there is no way to get around filing taxes. Exspecially since the city and the state taxes are different everywhere and you might owe them money also.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
wow are government really is set up to hurt us in the end yikes
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@limosonia1 (1559)
• United States
23 Jan 07
That is incorrect. You could get in a lot of trouble not to mention all kinds of penalties and fees if you are caught by the goverment. Eventually it will happen. Think about how many people would tell thier kids and what kind of impact it would have if it was true.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
could it be a little known fact but when you have a good income you want to get taxes back so you start filing not knowing this?
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Actually no. I do accounting for a living and trust me if I could have my kids get away with it I would. The goverment wants to gain interest off your money and be able to use it. They track you from the moment your employer enters your ss into the system. It would be a heck of a penatly and they will go back forever to get back what is owed to them plus penalties and interest on the money. Even if they would have owed you a refund. Then you will end up paying then instead of ever getting the refund because of the penalties.
• United States
23 Jan 07
well thanx i wonder where this idea originated its fun finding out about this and going totell my friends the results so far
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@sunshinecup (7880)
23 Jan 07
No that is not true at all. In fact when IRS catches up to those that have not filed, they can go back as far as your first year you needed to file and you will have to pay all that back. IRS doesn't play. They will force you to sell everything you own until you pay it off or you will face prison time. Just ask Willy Nelson.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
what if you never filed in your lifetime im saying?
@Idlewild (6092)
• United States
26 Jan 07
If you've held a job and filed a W4 or received a W2 the government will know you earned income. Maybe you can get away without them noticing you, but when they do you'll have to pay all your back taxes, plus penalty and interest. And you may have to do it from jail.
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• United States
1 Dec 12
I think I'm going to jump in here, just in case anyone, like I have just done, ever stumbles upon this post and is looking for correct information. First things first, filing your income tax return is a choice. Now, that doesn't mean you haven't paid your taxes. Most of the time, your taxes are getting taken out of your check regardless. You not filing is just you not getting the money back from having paid those taxes. I think, from what I've read on here, that people are getting FILING FOR A RETURN and PAYING your taxes mixed up. Now, with that said, no, it is not law that you file, nor is it law that you pay federal income taxes. Should you so chose, you can remove all allowances from your check. However, should you do that, and then file, you will be found to owe money. If not, more than likely, you will get a large amount of the taxes you have paid over the course of that year back. But, again, all of this is a choice. I don't know who runs this site, but please, always remember, nothing on the internet has to be censored, or fact checked. You were getting a lot of wrong information here.
• India
24 Jan 07
no in my opinion u have to file a tax return whatever u have a problem ,because if they know about than u will be in problem .
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• United States
24 Jan 07
that what the consensus is so far thank you luv
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@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
23 Jan 07
NO WAY, if you have an income coming in you have to file a tax return. you can get in beig trouble for not filing a tax return in the US.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
well the government automaticly gets it if you dont ask for them back right,and you have taxes taken out of your wages,so the only one that would lose is the person not askin for a return ?
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Good luck on making that defense stick against the IRS. You are dealing with the criminal faction of the government. The have the right to do whatever they want to do...and that means to you. I don't know where you heard that advice. I hope they have mylot in prison.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
iheard this in a disscusion that if youve never filed a tax return you never have too but if you do once its for your life time and ive been trying to find out online or in tax laws if its true and havent found out the truth or denial as of yet.
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@Lydia1901 (16353)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I do not think that is true unless you never worked then that isn't a problem. But, if you have a job and never file for tax return they will nail you really bad.
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