While filing taxes is mandatory for all US citizens who are earning an income, there are many people who, through no fault of their own, cannot afford to pay their taxes. The reason for this may be the loss of a job, becoming disabled, being fined for tax return preparation problems, squandering everything into a gambling addiction, or a host of other reasons. Irrespective of the cause, the non-payment of taxes can lead the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) to inquire into your tax status and even penalize you if you fail to make timely payments.
Every year, there are millions of taxpayers who find themselves unable to pay their taxes in full to the IRS. The IRS knows there will be some taxpayers coming up short. The good news is the federal government is happy to work with you. The bad news is, they’re relentless in their collection of back taxes and if left unattended, they can levy your bank account, garnish your paycheck, or put a lien on your property to settle your tax bill.