Are you eligible for Penalty Relief?

Are you eligible for Penalty Relief?

Are you eligible for Penalty Relief?
Each year the IRS assesses millions of penalties against taxpayers. Most taxpayers are unaware that the IRS also abates many of those same penalties.

Below is helpful information taken directly from the IRS website in regards to Penalty Relief.

You may qualify for relief from penalties if you made an effort to comply with the requirements of the law, but were unable to meet your tax obligations, due to circumstances beyond your control.

Penalties eligible for penalty relief include:

Failing to file a tax return
Failing to pay on time
Failing to deposit certain taxes as required
Other penalties as applicable.

The following types of penalty relief are offered by the IRS:

Reasonable Cause

The IRS will consider any sound reason for failing to file a tax return, make a deposit, or pay tax when due. Sound reasons, if established, include:

Fire, casualty, natural disaster or other disturbances
Inability to obtain records
Death, serious illness, incapacitation or unavoidable absence of the taxpayer or a member of the taxpayer’s immediate family
Other reason which establishes that you used all ordinary business care and prudence to meet your Federal tax obligations but were nevertheless unable to do so.
Most reasonable cause explanations require that you provide documentation to support your claim, such as:

Hospital or court records or a letter from a physician to establish illness or incapacitation, with specific start and end dates
Documentation of natural disasters or other events that prevented compliance

Administrative Waiver and First Time Penalty Abatement

You may qualify for administrative relief from penalties for failing to file a tax return, pay on time, and/or to deposit taxes when due under the Service’s First Time Penalty Abatement policy if the following are true:

You didn’t previously have to file a return or you have no penalties for the 3 tax years prior to the tax year in which you received a penalty.
You filed all currently required returns or filed an extension of time to file.
You have paid, or arranged to pay, any tax due.

The failure-to-pay penalty will continue to accrue, until the tax is paid in full. It may be to your advantage to wait until you fully pay the tax due prior to requesting penalty relief under the Service’s first time penalty abatement policy.

Other administrative relief: If you received incorrect oral advice from the IRS, you may qualify for administrative relief.

Statutory Exception

If you received incorrect written advice from the IRS, you may qualify for a statutory exception. If you feel you were assessed a penalty as the result of erroneous written advice you received from IRS, the following items may be needed when requesting penalty relief:

Your written request for advice.
The erroneous written advice you relied on that was furnished to you by the IRS.
The report, if any, of tax adjustments identifying the penalty or addition to tax, and the item(s) relating to the erroneous advice.
Generally, Form 843, Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement should be filed to request penalty relief based on incorrect written advice from IRS.