The Statute of Limitations on IRS Debt
The statute of limitations on IRS debt is a time limit that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has to collect unpaid taxes from a taxpayer. Once the statute of limitations has expired, the IRS can no longer take legal action to collect the debt.
The statute of limitations on IRS debt starts from the date that the tax return was due (not counting extensions). Generally, taxpayers are required to file their returns by April 15th each year. This means that for a 2021 tax return with an April 15 deadline, the statute of limitations will start ticking from April 15 itself!
The length of the statute of limitations on IRS debt depends on the circumstances of the case. For most taxpayers, the statute of limitations is 10 years from the date the tax return was due. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, the statute of limitations may be extended if the taxpayer files for bankruptcy, if the taxpayer has entered into a payment plan with the IRS, or if the taxpayer has filed a tax return for the year in question.
It is important to keep in mind that simply because the statute of limitations (SOL) on IRS debt has expired, it does not always mean that the money owed can be written off. The Internal Revenue Service may still have ways of collecting what's due from you through wage garnishment or asset seizure. While the expiration of SOL could make it more difficult for them to take legal action against you for repayment purposes, don't assume all hope is lost if you owe taxes and haven't paid them yet!
Overall, the statute of limitations on IRS debt is an important concept for taxpayers to understand, as it can affect the options available for resolving unpaid tax debts.