Back taxes is a term for taxes that were not completely paid when due. Typically, these are taxes that are owed from a previous year. Causes for back taxes include failure to pay taxes by the deadline, failure to correctly report one’s income, or neglecting to file a tax return altogether.
Most of this happen because of lack or incomplete recording in the books that it is hard for the tax accountant to get the information it needs to complete the filing of return.
What are the implications of this?
If back taxes are owed, the taxpayer’s debt will continue to increase with the inclusion of interest and tax penalties. Late payment penalties include 1/2 of 1% for each month the taxes remain due past the due date. If the taxpayer never filed taxes, there is also a significant late filing penalty.
You will also risk losing your refund and other benefits if you don’t file your return. If you are due a refund for withholding or estimated taxes, you must file your return to claim it within 3 years of the return due date. The same rule applies to a right to claim tax credits such as the Earned Income Credit.
What do you need to do?
First, consult with your tax accountant what needs to be done.
Second, look for someone to complete your books.
(Hint: We are an expert when it comes to accounting and bookkeeping.)
Lastly, act now. The longer you delay filing, the larger your interest and penalties will be!