HOW LONG IS THE IRS STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS?
In general, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has 10 years to collect unpaid tax debt. After that, the debt is wiped clean from its books and the IRS writes it off. This is called the 10 Year Statute of Limitations. It is not in the financial interest of the IRS to make this statute widely known. Therefore, many taxpayers with unpaid tax bills are unaware this statute of limitations exists. However, toward the end of the Collection Statute Expiration Date (CSED), the agency will likely become even more aggressive in its collection actions. The IRS agents could take on the role of both “bad cop” and “good cop”. The latter could include offering “deals”.