Before you can do anything, you will need to get some records together in order to file your returns.
You may either call the IRS or you can fill out Form 4506
-T to request a tax transcript for the years you need. Generally they will not have these records for longer than 10 years ago. There is no charge to request this transcript, and the transcript will be a record of any earnings that were reported on your record to the IRS and also the taxes which were withheld from those earnings.
Once you have those records, you can begin filling out the tax forms for the years you did not file. In years where you had enough tax withheld from your paychecks, and you owe no additional tax, then there will be no penalties. If there are years where you did not have enough tax withheld from your pay and you still owe additional taxes, you would also have to pay some penalties for late filing and late payment as well as interest on the unpaid amount.
If you are going to try to fill out these returns on your own without the assistance of a tax preparer, then you can go to the IRS website and www.irs.gov
and download the forms you need for each year.
You are probably not going to be able to get the information you need to go all the way back to 1994. But you should start with trying to file for the last 6 tax years
. Once you complete those returns, if it ends up that you have a tax liability which is higher than you can afford to pay, you can then either submit an Offer in Compromise to the IRS to see if they are willing to settle the tax debt for a lower amount, or you can try to set up an Instlalment Agreement with the IRS to pay off the debt over a period of time.
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