What is the statute of limitations on unpaid taxes? 5 Answers as of January 18, 2011

I was wondering what the statute of limitations was on unpaid taxes where the government cannot collect anymore?

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Givner & Kaye
Givner & Kaye | Bruce Givner
If you file a return, it is normally 3 years. If you omit more than 25% of gross income, it is 6 years. If you do not file a return, it is unlimited.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/18/2011
Steven J. Fromm
Steven J. Fromm | Steven J. Fromm & Associates, P.C.
Generally, the statute of limitations at the federal level is 3 years. However, there are exceptions. For example where there is a substantial underpayment of taxes, there is a 6 year statute of limitations. Also, where there is tax fraud or no tax return has been filed, there is no statute of limitations.

Finally, federal tax liens expire after 10 years. However, in some case the IRS may revive them before they lapse.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 1/11/2011
LT Pepper Law
LT Pepper Law | Luke T. Pepper
Generally 10 years.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 1/10/2011
Mankus & Marchan, LTD
Mankus & Marchan, LTD | Tony Mankus
Normally it is 10 years, although it can be extended by a number of events, such as bankruptcy filing, residing outside the country, submitting an offer in compromise, etc. Consult with a tax attorney.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 1/10/2011
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