Has anyone had any actual experiences or at least observed what happens to people like me who are kinda ignoring the IRS? I'm just a "thousandaire" affiliate marketer, and I find that I don't make enough money to pay my bills, have a little fun, AND pay my taxes, which I estimate to be $X,XXX. I was not able to pay my 2009 taxes, and now I find myself in an even worse situation in 2010, oweing more yet having pretty much the same amount of money: just over $2,000 in my bank every month after the bills are paid. I find myself in an uncomfortable income bracket where I make enough to have real tax liability, but not enough to spend the bulk of my income on business expenses, hire tax professionals, or to just "deal with it and pay my taxes." I simply can't afford it Obviously getting my ass in gear and making more money so I don't have to make choices like this would be the ideal situation. But I also feel it's a bit late for that. So I'm wondering what kind of risk I'm taking by just kinda ignoring this situation. I plan to work harder this year and finally increase my income and then maybe I'll be able to pay my back taxes if they come after me Do I have time for this? Is it not worth putting off? I suppose I *could* pay a portion of my back taxes if its serious enough, but it would involve getting into credit card debt and possibly getting some crappy temp job or something. Worth it? Or is the IRS more bark than bite? Honestly the thought of forking over so much of my hard earned dough when I don't even always feel like I have enough for myself pains me to no end I look forward to your responses, advice, and wisdom.