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Forgot to File Taxes? It Could Cost You Your Freedom

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If you have unpaid U.S. tax assessments and return to the United States, you may be detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the border crossing to explain your reasoning for not paying U.S. taxes.

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Original Article Text From Greenback Tax Services:

Detained at Customs for Expatriate Tax Issues? Yes, it CAN Happen!

Delinquent taxpayers beware. Even though IRS may not have been able to reach you while you were out of the country, it doesn’t mean they won’t find yet another way to find you! If you have unpaid US tax assessments and return to the United States, you may be detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). You may be questioned on your US assets, the purpose of your trip, exactly where you will be staying while in the US and any other information they deem necessary. ICE agents can then transmit the information to an IRS coordinator in the area you will be visiting for potential follow-up.

It is critical that US expats keep their mailing and contact information current on their US tax returns. Professionals who prepare expatriate taxes should also take care to ensure their client’s address information is included, and notify the IRS if it changes. Most delinquent taxpayers are unaware they even owe US taxes but the IRS wants their money just the same.

If you think you may owe expatriate taxes, you should consider contacting the IRS or an expat tax preparer to better understand your tax obligations. You certainly don’t want an embarrassing and unpleasant surprise when you arrive at US Customs!

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