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My state had an amnesty period for nonfilers. Can I ever hope the IRS will have one?

Maybe -- the idea is frequently kicked around in Congress. However, the IRS has always opposed tax amnesty legislation, which lets nonfilers come forward without being criminally ­prosecuted or civilly fined. The IRS's reasoning is that after the amnesty period expires, significant numbers of people won't file, expecting another ­amnesty. Based on the success of various states trying, the IRS may be wrong.

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