What Happens If You Don't File Your Tax Return?

IRS encourages 'Paycheck Checkup' for taxpayers following new tax law

"If there's any kind of a tax issue, they always will send you something in the mail", Welch said. The tax bill went into effect in January of this year, and will affect tax returns in April 2019. Check the IRS website here for details about each of these groups and their deadlines for filing taxes.

"If we're going to collect tax money in this country, we have to do it like grown-ups", said Rep. Matthew Cartwright, D-Pa., who supports the package.

GOP lawmakers are trying to modernize the IRS since passing their tax cuts previous year with aimed preventing identity theft, boosting tax preparation assistance, and curbing rampant tax scams.

A civil penalty of $5,000 for filing a frivolous tax return is the most common, however, other penalties may apply. "The best way to start the DIY tax prep process is to make sure you have all the paperwork you need to file your return - if you don't you could end up filing a return that isn't accurate". You may also qualify based on technical problems - for example, if you are paying electronically and the routing number supplied by your bank is incorrect.

"The IRS has several options, one of them being a short-term installment, which there is no set-up fee and you have 120 days to pay your tax bill, however, interest and a penalty will still accrue".

Readers, have you filed your income tax returns yet? If you have paid excess tax during the year through tax deducted at source (TDS) or your tax-saving investments have not been taken into account while computing TDS, you would be eligible for a refund.

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AARP of Alabama has seen a number of its clients getting repeated calls from people claiming to be from the IRS, demanding money, or what may be even more unsafe, personal information, like your social security number.

Think twice before overstating deductions, such as charitable contributions and business expenses, or improperly claiming credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit. The IRS will automatically count it as an extension.

For last-minute filers who are mailing paper returns, the U.S. Postal Service recommends verifying post office hours of operation.

As the tax filing deadline approaches, the IRS released a warning about scams impacting Metro Detroit.

Key legislators in the House and Senate, along with aides to Gov. Kim Reynolds, spent time Tuesday in rooms behind both chambers in private meetings aimed at reaching an accord on fiscal 2019 state budget targets and a state tax cut/reform package that stand in the way of adjournment.

About 80% of taxpayers are owed refunds - although some of it has to do with deductions - and about 6% of taxpayers face higher taxes this year compared to previous years.

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