Filing Taxes: Top Ten FAQ
If I can't pay my taxes, should I file my return anyway?
3. If I can't pay my taxes, should I file my return anyway?
Yes. Filing saves you from the possibility of being criminally charged or, more likely, from being hit with a fine for failing to file or for filing late. Interest continues to build up until you pay. Of course, filing without paying will bring the IRS collector into your life, but he or she will be friendlier if he or she doesn't have to hunt you down. The sooner you start filing, the better.