If you write a check to pay your taxes and the check bounces, the IRS may impose a penalty. The penalty is either 2 percent of the amount of the check – unless the check is under $1,250, in which case the penalty is the amount of the check or $25, whichever is less.

The bottom line is that you must report all your income, file your return and pay your tax by the due date to avoid interest and penalty charges.

Penalty for bounced checks

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