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I have a question regarding tax law. I live in California.

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Hi, I have a question regarding tax law.

Accountant's Assistant: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.

I live in California

Accountant's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

In short, I am a US citizen who has lived outside of the country for 30 years. I recently returned, and filed my federal taxes in April, online. I have not filed for the last 10 years.

Accountant's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

That's probably enough to start ok

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
I have been contacted by the IRS to verify my identity. When I filed online, I did not include info from my previous year's tax return because I didn't file. My income has been very low (less than $10K) for the last 10 years, and I own no assets. I filed this year because I intend to live in the US and reenter the system. My questions are: 1) What period of time is up for discussion with the IRS? 2) What penalties do I realistically face and 3) Any advice on how to approach this?
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That is understandable because there were many cases of tax fraud when information was stolen and used to file false tax returns.
So - because you have not file for long time - the IRS wants to verify and double check your identity.

1) What period of time is up for discussion with the IRS?

In most situations - the IRS will verify past three years. For high income individuals - that may be up to 6 years.

If there were tax fraud - no limit.

2) What penalties do I realistically face and

If your income was low - and you were not required to file OR you did not have any tax liability - there is no penalty.

3) Any advice on how to approach this?

I am not sure what you are trying to "approach"... If you are not able to e-file - for Any reason - you may simply print and mail your tax return to the IRS.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
The IRS contacted me shortly after I filed online. Now I need to call them to verify my ID. I cannot supply information from last year's return because I didn't file. Based on your answers, it seems like I have nothing to fear. That helps me quite a bit. Thank you!

I would not worry about such identity verification as that is well explained by your circumstances.
Whether you were required to file in prior years - that is a different issue.
I see that you requested a phone call .
Let me know what is the best time to talk.

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