Many people hope they get by with it not filing a tax return. But don’t worry, at some point in time IRS will catch up.


As a former IRS agent and teaching instructor I have literally talked of thousands of taxpayers when I was formerly employed by Uncle Sam. I knocked on many doors asking for tax returns send out many letters asking for people to bring in their tax returns and believe it or not many people had one thing in common who did not file, I did not think the IRS would find me.

The IRS at some point in time will find you. Make no mistake about it.Putting your head in the sand like an ostrich only works for certain amount of time.

There are so many taxpayers in the system, so many tax returns not filed and IRS simply does not have the immediate manpower to send enough letters out knock out all those doors in the make sure everyone is in full compliance with all the tax laws.

The IRS process is simple.

The IRS computers are generally two years later catching up to prior years. So if you have not filed a current tax returns, IRS will take anywhere between 18 months to three years to ask you for back tax returns.

How Do They know I have not filed????

IRS has everyone Social Security number listed in their CADE2 computer system. Anyone who has ever been given a Social Security number IRS has it along with all the corresponding data.

The IRS computer system has got  far more sophisticated than in times past and now has the ability to reach into areas they’ve never been able to reach before.

Their computer system holds more data and they can faster access to information because of the computer age.

The IRS has certain freeze codes on Social Security numbers. If they see no tax returns are filed, it knows from past tax returns, filters, W-2’s, 1099 etc, whether a tax return should be filed or not.

At that point in time, IRS many times will send out CP 59 letter asking for a back tax return.

The reason you want to file the return is IRS has the option under 6020 B to prepare your back tax return.

If IRS 6020 B’s your back tax return you will pay the whole highest amount allowed by law because you will be claim single not married and get no exemptions, dependants, or any available credits.

If you need more help or information, call us today for free initial tax consultation and hear the truth about receiving IRS notices or letters especially if they want a tax return.

How Does IRS Know You Did Not File a Tax Return

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Mr. Michael D. Sullivan

Michael D. Sullivan is the founder of MD Sullivan Tax Group. He had a distinguished career with the Internal Revenue Service for 10 years. As a veteran IRS Revenue Officer / Agent, he served as an Offer in Compromise Tax Specialist and Large Dollar Case Specialist.

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