Tacoma, WA asked in Tax Law for Hawaii

Q: I was curious what the statute of limitations are to collect back state income taxes in Hawaii are?

Do I need to file a return to start the clock because I was living in Hawaii in 2009-2010, and my employer didn't take out taxes( I was considered self employed) but that was almost 10 years ago so I was a dumb kid, and my employer didn't tell me I needed to ( I'm 33 now) anyways I've since had multiple strokes and am on SSDI, and I'm living on the mainland now. I've read online about the statute of limitations, but I'm not sure what starts that, I've read that you had to have filed a tax return to start that? But I'm not sure I ever filed one? So can they come after me indefinitely? Thank you

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Eric  Day
Eric Day
  • Tax Law Lawyer
  • Henderson, NV

A: I am not a Hawaii based tax attorney but most states and the federal government don’t start the statute of limitations on collections or audits until you have actually filed a return or the government filed one for you. They may not have any record of you having income in some instances, but typically yes they can come after you indefinitely if you don’t file.

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