Tax Returns: If You Haven't Filed in a While FAQ

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

Maybe -- amnesty periods, which let nonfilers come forward without being criminally prosecuted or civilly fined, are discussed in Congress most years.

But the IRS has always opposed tax amnesty legislation. The IRS's reasoning is that, after the amnesty period expires, significant numbers of people won't file, expecting the IRS to have another amnesty program. Based on the success of the states that are trying amnesty programs, however, many tax professionals think the IRS is wrong.

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