Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that certain State Tax Revenue Agents are using social sites to find those taxpayers that owe money and who were trying to stay under the radar. Social sites like Facebook.com, MySpace.com, and others have been named in the article.
Minnesota and California are some of the states using social sites to find taxpayers with back taxes. The IRS declined to comment on whether they are using such tactics but it shouldn’t surprise anyone if they did after the UBS vs. IRS case.
As tax revenues decline for the IRS and State Revenue Departments, tax collectors are going to great lengths to fill some of those holes by collecting back taxes from a greater percentage of those who owe.
It is in your best interests to come forward with State Revenue Agents and the IRS to avoid possible persecution, further penalties, interest, tax liens, and tax levies. As IRS Spokesman Eric Smith stated, “If you find us before we find you, typically you won’t be prosecuted.”
If you are facing an IRS or State tax problem, give us a call or try our free tax analysis consultation today.
i owe approx. 9000.00 to the state of south carolina and the state is currently garnishing my wages.
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I got a letter in the mail concerning back state sales tax, the transaction in question was August of 2006. How many years can the state go back to collect back taxes?
Manny Davis says
All states can be different. With the IRS you are typically safe after 3 years, but in the case that their was an understatement of taxes by 25% or more, then they can extend it to 6 years. If there was fraud that was involved, they can go back as far as they want.