Will I Go to Jail If I Owe Money to the IRS?

Will they go to jail if I owe money to the IRS? The answer is generally no we don't have a dinners president in this country, so the IRS doesn't throw people in jail just because they owe money in taxes rather the way. The IRS deal with that is by taking an increasingly serious set of collection actions designed to get you back in compliance when people owe money to the IRS jail time only comes into play when they're willfully avoiding there were obligation to pay and so as long as you're taking action to get in compliance and aren't trying to do things to subvert the IRS you're probably not going to go to jail for your liability, however even with jail off the table civil collections is not a fun place to hang out.

The IRS takes really really harsh action against taxpayers in an effort to force them into compliance you just ask anybody who's ever been through the process it's definitely not a place you want to stay long term so the best thing you can do from a civil compliance perspective is to move yourself quickly out of that process and into a collections resolution so that you can operate and have room to breathe or an income and not worry about the IRS.


Sam Brotman, JD, LLM, MBA

Owner and Director of Legal
Brotman Law