Sometimes when a tax filer makes a mistake on their return, they may not even know it. It could be a misplaced number or decimal, or maybe the wrong paperwork was filed; but in some cases, the filer is overwhelmed by the convoluted tax process, leading to mistakes.

In other cases, the filer may slip into an unfortunate financial situation, leaving them short on funds to pay their taxes. As a result, they do not file their tax return one year; which can result in a snowball effect of many years without filing a return. In either scenario, it is important for the filer to address the tax debt issue; so here are some ways that Atlanta residents can go about that.

The best decision any tax filer can make when they are under the IRS microscope is to be honest. We know how embarrassing it can be to have serious tax debt; and you may even be ashamed at how you initially handled it. Most people ignore the problem, or avoid it.

But, if you come clean about the errors, you can come up with a deal with the IRS that allows you to clear your back taxes, get you out of debt with the government and put you back on stable financial footing.

Now, like we mentioned above, sometimes the filer is not even aware of the mistake they have made. The IRS will likely contact you and want to perform an audit. In that case, you will want to consult an attorney as soon as possible.

Source: Reuters, "Column: Coming clean on your taxes," Amy Feldman, May 14, 2013