Non-Filed Tax Returns FAQs

Yes. Individuals who make under $12,200 per year and couples who file jointly and make under $24,000 are not required to file.

It depends. You may face penalties and interest.

An IRS “Verification of Non-filing Letter” is a form from the IRS that provides proof you did not file a return for the year in question.

It depends on your situation. For example:
• Individuals who make under $12,200 per year and couples who file jointly and make under $24,000 are not required to file.
• Individuals who make over that amount and do not file may be subject to various civil and criminal penalties.

Typically, there is not a penalty for failure to file if you are due for a refund. However, you do risk losing your refund if you do not file.

There is no time limit for the IRS to collect on unfiled taxes. This means that the 10 year statute of limitations does not apply if you do not file taxes. Technically, you can go your whole life without filing taxes but you are risking consequences including civil and criminal penalties.

If you don't file taxes and don't owe money, you should still file your taxes. You may be eligible for a tax return but if you fail to file, you will not receive it.

There is no time limit for the IRS to collect on unfiled taxes. Failure to file can result in exorbitant penalties and fees as well as possible jail time.