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...who hopes he won't be carted off to jail over a couple hundred $$ in late taxes.

IRS just wants your money, not your body. So don't fret. Pay up and be done with it.

However, if you do have a legitimate reason why you filed late, write a letter and see if you can get the penalties waived. It's not a red flag for an audit. Collections is totally separate from the audit group. I always figure the worst they can say is NO. So if you were ill, suffering from depression or something, write a letter and explain your reason for not filing after you get the bill. Pay the interest and request an abatement of the penalty.


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