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Did the IRS fail to make important information clear?

With everything going on across the country and here in Massachusetts, information comes fast and furiously. While many people are glad to get updates on certain things as timely as possible, it is easy to miss small but important pieces of information they need. For instance, some people may have missed a vital piece of information from the IRS regarding the filing of their 2019 tax returns and the refund they expect.

There is no need to face tax collection cases alone

There is no way around the fact that the Internal Revenue Service has a great deal of power. When it comes to tax collection cases initiated against people across the country and here in Massachusetts, the agency can do more than just assess penalties and interest. The IRS can even conduct criminal investigations that could threaten the freedom of the taxpayers in its sights.

Make sure the standard deduction is the best option

With the deadline for filing federal income tax returns pushed to July 15, some Boston residents may breathe a sigh of relief that they have one less issue to deal with right now. However, at some point, they will need to turn their attention to getting their federal returns filed, especially if they are expecting a refund. One of the biggest strategic questions when filling out tax forms is whether it would be more advantageous to use the standard deduction or itemize.

Sometimes failing to file a tax return points to tax evasion

The IRS tends to pay attention when someone here in Massachusetts or elsewhere does not file a return. In many cases, the individual is not required to file a tax return because he or she anticipates a refund or does not make enough money to be required to do so, and the agency takes no action. However, there are times when an individual who does not file one or more returns ends up under investigation for tax evasion.

How far back will the IRS go during an audit?

Boston residents share one big question with others across the country: how long should they retain their federal income tax returns and their supporting documents. Answering this question may not be as simple as people think. However, the IRS generally only goes back three years for an audit, but that could be extended depending on a person's circumstances.

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