It is in the best interest of a taxpayer to always file his tax returns. Even if you cannot afford to pay the taxes it is still strongly recommended to file. If you cannot pay the taxes in full, you have the option to establish a payment plan with the IRS or seek other options for payment; the IRS is unwilling to establish payment plans if tax returns are not filed. It is also best to file past due tax returns as soon as possible in order to reduce the risk of the IRS filing a substitute for return. If a substitute for return is filed by the IRS on your behalf, you will receive no benefits as the IRS is simply filing in regards to what will best promote the government’s interest. Non-compliance for failing to file tax returns results in consequences and penalties from the IRS. Tax attorneys aid in the voluntary compliance of non-tax filers before the IRS takes action.