I represent tax payers in the greater St. Louis metropolian area and the rest of the State of Missouri. How long does the IRS have to collect the tax that is owed yet better known as the statute of limitations.
The date of assessment assuming that all returns have been filed the IRS has 10 years to collect. After that the IRS cannot force payment of the taxes unless the IRS feels that extending the statute thru the Department of Justice's ability to file suit and reduce it to a judgment would be in the goverment's best interest.
Once that happens an additional 10 years is tacked on with the option to renew that judgment after the 10 years expire. So how do you know when the taxes were assessed? Tax practitioners should obtain Account Transcripts that show the history of a particular tax year indicating when the return was recieved, when the tax was assessed, when payment was received and penalties and interest.
Certain actions stop the clock such as:
Filing an appeal.
Offer in compromise
Negotiating a payment plan.
If you or someone else you know are having IRS tax issues feel free to contact me @ 636-397-2759, 888-490-9744 or on my cell @636-866-4554 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Steve Shapiro, EA
620 S. Benton St.
St. Charles, MO 63301