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Here are some frequent questions I get from taxpayers


1. how long does the IRS have to Audit a Tax Return?

2. For how long should I keep my records?

The IRS has a limited amount of time to assess and collect taxes. Once the limitation period closes, the IRS may not assess or collect the tax.



Generally, the IRS has three years to assess any additional tax. The time limit on assessment begins to run on the later of, the date the taxpayer filed the return, or on the due date of the return. If you don’t file a tax return there is no statute of limitations and the IRS has more time to assess the tax. Usually, for a non-filer taxpayer, the IRS can go back no more than six years, but enforcement will depend upon the facts and circumstances of each case.

If you owe the IRS, the time limit to collect the tax its ten years and begins to run on the later of, the date the taxpayer filed the return, or on the due date of the return. If a taxpayer under goes an audit and results on additional tax assessment, then the collection statute will expire ten years after the IRS makes the assessment.


Keep your records for at least 3 years.


Need help filing delinquent tax returns gives us a call, we can help 956-740-0541.


What is a statute of limitations? A statute of limitations is a time period set by law for reviewing, analyzing, and resolving taxpayer and/or IRS tax-related issues. The IRS must assess, refund, credit, and collect taxes within specific time limits. When the applicable time limit expires, the IRS cannot assess additional tax, allow a taxpayer refund claim, or take tax collection action


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