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How long does the IRS have to collect on taxes I owe?

Typically the IRS has 10 years to collect taxes from the point they are assessed. There are a number of events that may extend this time period. Common items that extend what is called the “statute of limitations on collection” include the following:

  • Filing a request for an installment agreement
  • Filing an appeal of a rejected installment agreement
  • Filing an innocent spouse request
  • Filing a collection due process (CDP) hearing request
  • Filing an offer in compromise
  • Filing a taxpayer assistance order with the IRS Taxpayer Advocate