Hi Need advice on TAXES
--I became unemployed in 2009 and didn't file. The IRS has calculated those taxes for me.
--When I got behind, I didn't file for a few years because I was unemployed, didn't have the paperwork, and always said I'd get to it.
--During the time of the last 4 years, I have been caring for both aging parents. They help me with money, and I live with my father. BUT I don't have any income that is reported thought I've kept track of how much he gives me (1200 a month) which I guess works out to minimum wage for 40 hours a week.
--Since I've been caring for both parents and finding decent jobs for my field is hard, I've just sort of agreed with my sisters that this is OK until my parents pass. Works for everyone.
--NOW, I need to file my taxes for the last 4 years, and have the documents FROM THE IRS, so I have the forms the IRS has received, if any 1099, etc.
--I have TURBO TAX for the years in question and plan on just doing them over the next few days and submitting them so I am up to date.
To the IRS I don't really have a lot of reported income, but I want to claim the 1200 I get from my father so they see I do have $$ to live on.
--Should I just claim it as income?
--RECENT development.. My mother passed, and the State gave us her burial benefit which went straight to the mortician. My share of that is about 2300. I will claim that of course.
Essentially I need to catch up my taxes, have no reported income after unemployment ran out since I've been caring for aging parents with dementia.
I understand that I should claim the $$ my father gives me for spending etc.
I want to do this all in good faith. What should I do.