How do you file back taxes?


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Back taxes should be filed in the same way and place as on-time returns, states the Internal Revenue Service. However, if the taxpayer has already received a past due notice, he should send the late returns to the location specified in the notice.

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Taxpayers can get tax forms and instructions for the pertinent year online or through a toll-free phone number provided by the IRS, the agency states. A taxpayer also can obtain information regarding his specific income from the IRS by calling the toll free number or approaching his employer for the details. The person should obtain a transcript of his wages and income from the IRS website to gather the information needed to file back taxes.

Taxpayers, including those who have filed for extensions, can file tax returns electronically for up to six months after the due date, states the IRS. After that, late filers must use a paper return. Those who have been out of the country during the tax filing date get an automatic two-month extension and can apply for an additional four months.

Working and eligible citizens are required to file tax returns regardless of whether they can make the tax payments immediately or not. This helps avoid penalties for late filing and also ensures that taxpayers obtain any refunds due to them.

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