By Anonymous - 24/09/2018 05:00
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You don't go to prison for 4k in back taxes. Hell, I really doubt that you go to prison for back taxes unless you've been doing something else wrong. Nick Cage owed 6.5 million in back taxes at one point and they never put him in jail. OP, if you can find someone to work with you, speak to a tax accountant or lawyer. They'll be able to give you specifics on what you can do. You also need to get in contact with the IRS to show them that you're cooperative. They'll go easier on you if you're trying to make things right.
I'm pretty sure RichardPencil was joking, but you're right. I know several people who owned business that went bankrupt in 2008 due to the recession. They've owed $100,00+ dollars to the IRS with no way to pay all at once. As long as you keep in constant contact with the IRS and do what they say to make things right you should be fine.