Tax season in the United States is the period of time between the first of the year and April 15 and is dreaded by residents for a variety of reasons. Some fear it because they know that they will have to pay the government, some because they have a hard time filling out the occasionally difficult forms, others simply balk at the inconvenience.
However, for the majority of people, tax season is routine and simple.
Tax returns are due from citizens, Green Card holders and some temporary residents on April 15 every year.
You can find the appropriate forms that you will need to fill out and submit on the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) website or you can use one of the many different tax assistance services offered throughout the country.
If your tax return is simple, you might be able to do it on your own using the government forms or an online assistance tool. If your taxes are more complex or you simply do not want to bother with doing the actual work associated with filing taxes, you can use an accountant.
Either way, it is of utmost importance that you do file your taxes. The consequences of not doing so are extremely unpleasant. Not only can you be audited, which means that the IRS will investigate you and potentially get their due taxes the hard way, but your permanent resident card might be jeopardized.
Green Card holders can be deported if they don’t pay their taxes.
So can temporary residents. Citizens can’t get deported for not paying taxes, but they can face serious fines and jail-time in federal prison.
The real lesson to learn here is that no matter how unpleasant filing one’s taxes may be it’s never going to be as unpleasant as the consequences of not paying one’s taxes.