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Why File Past Year Tax Returns?

There are plenty of great reasons to file late taxes. First of all, the IRS may owe you a refund. But it's important to act fast: the IRS will not pay refunds more than three years after the tax return was due. Acting fast can also cut your penalties: the IRS charges interest and fees on taxes owed, and these fees grow bigger every day your return is unfiled. An even better reason is simple peace of mind: not filing a tax return will continue to nag at you if you don't deal with it.

In short, a refund is a definite possibility and even a simple debt, with a clear-cut payment plan, is better than an amorphous liability growing every day.

Where Do I Start?

First, get organized. Gather all the material you can about your financial situation for that year: tax forms, bank statements, receipts for deductible expenses, records of charitable contributions, etc. If you can’t find some of the necessary documents, PriorTax may be able to help you retrieve transcripts from the IRS.

Then all you have to do is create an account and follow the instructions. The PriorTax application will guide you through entering your information. At the end of the process it will fill in your return and all other forms automatically. Unfortunately, because the IRS does not allow you to e-file late taxes, you’ll have to print it out, sign in, and mail it to the IRS.

If you have any trouble you can contact us: we’ve probably encountered your situation countless times before and can guide you past any of the tricky pitfalls that someone with less experience could miss.

Paying Your Past Year Taxes

If you file late and get a refund (most people do!) you're in the clear. But if you owe the IRS, there’s no need to panic. The IRS is willing to work with taxpayers to arrange a satisfactory repayment plan. This usually involves splitting your liability into manageable payments spread out over a period of time. For an agency with such a fearsome reputation, the IRS is surprisingly easy to deal with when it comes to paying past year taxes.

At PriorTax, we can help you file late with minimal hassle. We'll make sure you get the most out of the filing process. With the simple online tools we provide - not to mention the high odds of a refund they make possible - there is no conceivable reason not to file your past year tax return with us as soon as possible.