Non-Filing Tax Returns

Get Legal Help With Your Non-Filing Tax Return Problems

Non Filing Tax Returns

If you are required to file a tax return but failed to do so, you could be subject to harsh financial penalties, interest, and even jail time. There is a possibility that you will not be penalized for non-filing a tax return, but this is one situation where it is best not to be left in the dark. The knowledgeable tax attorneys at Thomas W. Lynch & Associates, P.C. have helped many individuals like you handle their exposure to potential tax liabilities and criminal prosecution. They will protect your legal rights, explain your options, and advise you about the best steps to take next.

If you should have filed a tax return but did not, do not wait for the IRS or State of Illinois to contact you. Call Thomas W. Lynch & Associates, P.C. and ask to speak with an experienced tax attorney. You can schedule a free, confidential consultation by calling (708) 598-5999, or you can use our online contact form to submit questions about the services we provide.

Understanding the Consequences of Not Filing a Tax Return

If you have not filed a federal or state tax return but earned income that requires you to file, you may be contacted by the IRS or the State of Illinois. In our digital era, it is increasingly easy for the IRS to identify non-filers, and because of information sharing agreements with state tax authorities, once the IRS has you on their radar so does the State of Illinois.

The IRS can fine you up to $25,000 per year and sentence you to one year in prison for each year you fail to file a required tax return. The State of Illinois can bill you for late-filing or late-payment penalties.
If you failed to file tax a return but have not been contacted by the IRS or State of Illinois, you are not necessarily out of the woods. The IRS has six years to bring criminal charges against non-filers. There is no time limit on the civil penalties the IRS can impose.

If you do not owe tax or if the IRS owed you a refund in the years you failed to file, you are not subject to penalties or criminal prosecution for non-filing, but the IRS may investigate you for tax evasion, which is a felony and has a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $100,000 penalty. Even if you are innocent, criminal investigations are stressful and place you at risk of prosecution.

The tax professionals at Thomas W. Lynch & Associates can help you understand the gravity of your non-filing status and work with you to develop an action plan that minimizes the chance of criminal investigation. Putting off the problem any longer only increases your risk of an unhappy outcome.

Do not rely on online research to solve your tax problems. Call Thomas W. Lynch & Associates, P.C. at (708) 598-5999 or complete our online contact form to schedule a free, confidential consultation with a tax professional. We have convenient hours and nearby offices in Hickory Hills and Berwyn.

Other Tax Issues We Can Help You Address

For more than 20 years, the tax attorneys at Thomas W. Lynch & Associates, P.C. have helped numerous Illinois residents handle a wide range of federal and state tax issues including:

  • IRS and State Tax Audits
  • Liens and Levies
  • IRS and State Tax Appeals
  • Criminal tax prosecution
  • Collection and employment tax issues
  • Offshore Bank Accounts

Our tax attorneys offer convenient evening and weekend hours so you never need to take time away from work to make an appointment to discuss your tax issues with us. As a small firm, we offer our clients high-touch personalized service and reasonable rates with manageable payment schedules.

Do not tackle your tax problems alone. Get sound legal advice from the tax attorneys at Thomas W. Lynch & Associates, P.C. Call (708) 598-5999, or use our online contact form to make an appointment as soon as possible.