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A company is currently in the process of making background

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A company is currently in the process of making background checks (for which I've given them signed authorization).

Since I haven't been working for the last 3+ years, I haven't filed a tax return - I know I should still file returns, and I'm getting ready to do those now. I don't owe the IRS any money.

Could missing tax returns show up on a background check to a potential employer? And if so, what do employers do when that shows up?

Good evening Jack,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your concerns. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

You are safe and in the clear. Whether you filed a tax return or not is not something that shows up on a background check. If you had filed a return, not paid the taxes owed and had a lien placed by the IRS on your property---that would be seen in an employment background.

But the fact that you didn't file a return for several years will not be disclosed in any background check that might be done on you as a CA employment applicant.

You may reply back to me again, using the Reply to Expert link, if you have additional questions.

I wish you the best in your future,


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