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Important IRC Sections for those with Tax Debt, Late Tax Returns and an Audit Phobia

Posted by Michael S. Anderson | Sep 08, 2011 | 0 Comments

There are three sections of the Internal Revenue Code that are of special significance for taxpayers who are late in filing the tax return, late in paying the tax return or who are concerned about an audit.

Section 6511 of the IRC

The 3 year refund statute. This statute allows the IRS to keep your tax refund if you file a tax return more than 3 years after it's due date. A moneymaker for them I am sure.

Section 6502 of the IRC

The 10 year debt collection statute. This statute says that after 10 years have passed (with some exceptions) from the date the debt was “assessed” the debt is no longer valid. i.e. gone…poof…etc. This also means that the underlying lien is gone as well.

Section 6501 of the IRC

This is the 3 year audit statute. The correct tax return enjoys the protection of this statute. i.e. the IRS cannot audit the return if more than 3 years have passed since filing.

To read more about these statutes theInternal Revenue Manual 25.6.1, is a good place to start.

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Michael Anderson has been representing Arizonans with tax debt problems for almost two decades and has helped his clients eliminate millions of dollars in tax debt. His tax debt practice is limited to helping individuals and the self-employed who have serious IRS and other debt problems. He provi...

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