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Connecticut tax crimes: Failing to pay

Failing to pay state and federal taxes is a crime. This is simply something expected of Connecticut residents. Tax crimes, like the failure to pay, can have significant consequences. What are they?

Some people simply choose not to pay their taxes, others fail to pay due to a lack of funds, and then there are those who count on financial managers to make sure their taxes get paid but they fail to do their job. Regardless of why one's taxes are not paid and regardless of how long it has been since taxes were last paid, getting them caught up as soon as possible is advised. Why? Fees and interest are charged daily, only increasing the amount for which an individual is responsible.

Along with any fees and interest that is added to one's bill, those who fail to pay their taxes may not be eligible for federal loans or other aid. It may also affect Social Security and Medicare benefits. These penalties will kick in regardless of how late one is in paying his or her taxes.

Connecticut residents who do not pay any back taxes owed could also face criminal charges. This is the most significant penalty of them all. If convicted, the penalties include imprisonment and hefty fines -- on top of still having to pay the taxes owed. Rather than face criminal charges for certain tax crimes like failing to pay, a tax law attorney can help those who are behind on their taxes file get through audits and work with the IRS to come to agreeable payment terms.

Source:, "What's the Penalty for Failure to File Taxes?", Ramona Paden, Accessed on Sept. 15, 2017

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