When Fear of Filing Leads To Years of Failing To File Tax Returns

Have you ever heard the expression, “What you focus on expands”? I invite you to consider this idea for a moment as I discuss what gets so many people in trouble with the IRS.

Most of the time it starts out innocently enough. You prepare your tax returns and much to your surprise you owe the IRS a sum of money you simply do not have. It could be $1000, $2000, $10,000. It could be more or it could be less. Let’s just agree that whatever the amount it seems impossible for you to be able to pay all at once. So, what do you do? You decide not to file your taxes.

The next year, the same thing happens, and again you are afraid to file because now you owe more. You fear the IRS will demand payment in full.  Each successive year, the fear grows along with the amount you owe.

You avoid opening letters from the IRS. So, now you start relocating on a regular basis without filing a change of address. You keep changing jobs, too. Your fear of the IRS keeps growing. Finally, you get tired of running and you don’t know what to do.

Now you owe the IRS substantially more in past taxes along with penalties, fees and interest. Even though you are more afraid than ever, you just don’t want to keep running. What do you do?

You turn to someone who specializes in helping people just like you. I am not referring to criminals who knowingly and deliberately evade paying taxes. I’m talking about regular people who find themselves deeper and deeper in trouble because they simply didn’t think there was any other recourse.

The sooner you sit down with a legitimate, licensed Tax Advisor, the sooner you can begin to focus on a real, livable solution. Instead of focusing on the fear, focus on the peace you’ll experience being able to stay put in a home, a job, and a town.  Feel that peaceful feeling expand when you realize you don’t have to face your fear alone.

Original Post By:  Barry Fowler

Barry Fowler is licensed to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and is a longstanding member of several tax industry professional organizations including the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA), National Association of Tax Preparers (NATP), Texas Society of Enrolled Agents (TSEA), and the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers (ASTPS). With experience in the tax and finance industry spanning over twenty years, Fowler’s expertise includes tax resolution, personal financial planning, tax return preparation, financial statements, and general ledger bookkeeping. He has been instrumental in helping hundreds of people resolve complex tax issues with the IRS.

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