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I’m almost ready to apply for my CPA license with all exams passed in NY. However, I (ironically) have a few years of tax returns that I didn’t submit, mostly because I was owed minimal refunds rather than taxes on my end. I only owe taxes for 2020 and 2017, and all other years are refunds. After doing some research online, it seems like a lot of people are saying that I should take care of the back taxes before applying for the CPA license. However, I also just called my state board of accountancy, who said that they don’t contact the IRS or state tax authorities as part of their background check.
I do plan on submitting all my tax returns this week. However, it seems like the IRS are experiencing a ton of delays right now and processing of my manual old tax returns could take upwards of half a year. With that said, has anyone been in a similar situation or have any insight? I’d obviously prefer to get my CPA license as soon as possible, but if that means there is a chance I’ll get denied and this will turn into a whole story, then I’d rather just wait a year before applying.