The dangers of not filing a tax return

If you have worked or studied in the USA, did you know that you are obliged to file taxes?

Many nonresidents are unaware of this fact due to a combination of factors, such as busy lifestyle or they have left the country. 

However, whatever the case may be, not filing your taxes has very serious consequences.

If you are a nonresident and still live in the US, continuing to avoid your responsibility can result in automatic wage seizure by the courts, asset seizures like your car and may even lead to arrest and jail time for tax evasion.

Residency status for tax purposes

What happens if I don’t file?

If you do not pay the taxes you owe by the tax deadline (15 April every year, except 2020 and 2021 which were 17 May and 15 july respectively) you could be hit with a variety of punishments.

Here are a few different dangers of not filing your tax return:

You could miss out on your tax refund!

If you are entitled to a tax refund, you won’t be punished for filing late by the IRS.

If you wait longer than three years from the date your refund is published, however, you will lose out on your chance to claim the refund as it will automatically be handed over to the US government. 

You could be hit with fines and penalties

If you have unpaid taxes, you will owe the IRS interest in addition to any penalties. 

You should do your best to file your tax return before the deadline to avoid facing penalties and fines!

The penalty for filing late is normally 5% of the unpaid taxes for each month or part month that a tax return is late. That penalty starts accruing the day after the tax filing due date and will not exceed 25% of your unpaid taxes.

If you file your tax return more than 60 days after the due date or extended due date, the minimum penalty is strong – $135 or 100% of the unpaid tax, whichever is less.

If you do not pay your taxes by the tax deadline, you will normally face a failure-to-pay penalty of 0.5% of your unpaid taxes.

Can I file if I have left the US?

Yes! 

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