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Q: Does a situation like this trigger a full field audit?
A: Not necessarily. However when a person does not file for a number of years, this raises concerns. Unless a taxpayer communicates with the taxing agency, the taxing agency really doesn't know what's going on. They could think that the taxpayer is simply ignoring them. As you were dealing with a serious medical situation, I would think that you have reasonable cause for not filing, and the Virginia Dept. of Taxation
should grant you the additional 30 days to get all the paperwork together. Note that even though you have a reasonable cause does not necessarily mean that penalties and interest will be waived, though in some cases, when a taxpayer has reasonable cause for not filing, some, if not all of the penalties and interest can be waived.
To get an idea as to what your taxpayers rights are, you may want to refer to the Virginia Taxpayers Bill Of Rights found at the following link;
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