FAQ: Can the IRS put me in jail for owing back taxes?

rajneet

Company Director, EA
Staff member
Many Americans fall behind on paying their taxes each year due to uncontrolled circumstances. Taxpayers are afraid that they will end up in jail for not paying their IRS taxes.

The simple answer is that the IRS will not arrest you for failure to pay taxes. The IRS will work with taxpayers through various channels in order to ensure they are up to date with payments. The IRS is more inclined to target taxpayers who do not file a tax return or provide fraudulent information such as incorrect income, credits or deduction.
 

rajneet

Company Director, EA
Staff member
Here are some examples that can get you in trouble with the IRS:

1. Tax Evasion can land you for 3 years in jail

2. Filing a fraudulent return can land you in 5 years in jail

3. Preparing fraudulent returns for other taxpayer can also land you in jail

Hope this helps !
 
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