Benjamin Franklin once mused that, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." In the sense that these two realities are inevitable and cannot be ignored, this sentiment rings true.
Each year, between January and mid-April, millions of Americans are required to file income taxes. Small businesses and similar enterprises are required to file taxes on an annual basis as well.
Yet, if you failed to file your taxes last year or have perhaps failed to file your taxes over the course of multiple years, you are not alone. Many Americans have, for a host of different reasons, found themselves wondering what on Earth they should do about having failed to file their taxes.
Seek the help of a professional
If you have failed to file personal or business-related taxes in the past, it is important to avoid panicking and to face the issue head-on. Unfiled tax returns and the related penalties and interest can spiral out of control if allowed to compound. Reach out to an experienced tax attorney to avoid this frustrating fate.
Thankfully, attorneys experienced in matters of tax law can help you to right your situation with the Internal Revenue Service, even if you do not immediately have enough money to pay whatever back taxes, penalties and interest you owe. An attorney can help you to communicate with the IRS, address your previous filing gaps by submitting reconsideration returns and give you a picture of the penalties and debt you owe.
In addition, an attorney can help you to pursue a hardship resolution if you do not have the ability to pay the full amount that you owe the IRS. Do not let another tax season pass you by without addressing your previously unfiled tax returns.