Wayne State University

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What happens if I fail to file my tax returns?

If you owe taxes and don't file, the IRS can assess penalty and interest and seize U.S. bank assets for repayment. Fines and penalties can often amount to more than the original tax debt.

There can also be immigration consequences for failing to file taxes. Applicants for permanent residency "green cards" are asked to show proof of tax filing for previous years in the U.S.