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Friday, December 01, 2006

Statute Of Limitations If You Don't File Valid Return

In most cases, there's a three-year statute of limitations for tax purposes. However, if you don't file a return, the general rule is that the statute never begins to run. In Roger Hattman (2006-2 USTC 50,536; U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit) the taxpayer filed a Form 1040 that contained zeroes on every line.

The Court, affirming an unreported Tax Court decision, held that the Form was not a valid return and, thus, did not start the statute of limitations running. In order to be a valid return, the form must be executed under penalty of perjury and represent an honest and genuine or reasonable attempt to satisfy the requirements of the tax law.

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