Q: Is not paying taxes a crime?
Local income tax return was filled a year ago. I have tried to get in touch with the local tax office but then referred to another tax agency. I sent a letter stating I would agree to payment arrangements.
Got certified letter stating criminal charges for not paying. Misdemeanor charges for not paying.
Isn't not paying civil?
A: Many jurisdictions have criminal penalties for non-payment of income taxes. The federal statute is 26 USC Section 7202. A criminal penalty is generally sought when the taxpayer has been ignoring letters and/or bills or is spending money without regard to his or her tax liability.
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