Do I still owe taxes even if I’ve never received a tax bill?

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Even if you have never received a tax bill, you still owe any taxes due. If you are working legally in the United States and/or own property in the United States, you have an obligation to file your income taxes and pay your tax bill each and every year, along with any other applicable taxes for your state and your local community, such as property taxes.

There may be a number of reasons why you haven’t received a tax bill, but these reasons don’t negate the liability assigned to you to pay taxes. It’s your responsibility to be aware of any tax obligations that you have, just as it’s your responsibility to pay them when they are due. In order to make sure that you aren’t accruing interest or penalties on your tax obligations because you aren’t aware they exist, you should contact the tax agencies that you might owe, including your local government, to make sure you are current on your property taxes.

If you owe money in taxes, and your payment is found delinquent (in any tax situation) you will almost always have to pay late fees, penalties, and interest on the amount owed, so it’s best that you always confirm exactly what your obligations are if there is any doubt. In most cases, however, you will be notified through various forms of correspondence that you are in a state of delinquency on an unpaid tax bill.

If you have unpaid tax debts, you may be able to work out a payment arrangement with the IRS or even have some of your penalties and fees reduced. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s in your best interest to consult with an experienced tax attorney who can assist in negotiating your tax bill with the IRS for the best possible outcome.

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