when I filed my federal tax return for 2010 it showed that I owed $3,856. I didn’t pay it. Since then, the IRS has sent me pleading letters and threats, and warned me it would add penalties and interest to what I didn’t pay.
But by law, the IRS has ten years to recover unpaid taxes, after which time a statute of limitations kicks in and the tax becomes permanently uncollectible (interest & penalties too). , that ten year deadline expired. I successfully called the IRS’s bluff.
Today, I’m celebrating by donating that $3,856 to GiveWell’s Maximum Impact Fund. I appreciate the work that GiveWell does to identify charitable giving opportunities that can do the most good for the most people with the greatest impact per dollar.