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Tax penalties

Tax File Minute: Answers from a Tax Insider

When do tax penalties apply and what can I do about them?

Penalty Abatement

Five reasons the IRS abates penalties

The IRS assesses about 40 million civil penalties each year but only 11% are abated. This means only 11% of IRS civil penalties are reduced or forgiven after they are assessed. Why? Because many taxpayers do not request or know how to request abatement.

Do’s & don’ts of requesting IRS penalty abatement

Taxpayers hate paying IRS penalties. Unfortunately, most taxpayers assessed an IRS penalty do not request relief or are denied relief because they do not follow some basic do’s and don’ts.

What’s going on with your IRS Case? Resolve Uncertainty by monitoring your status

For taxpayers and tax professionals trying to resolve tax problems/issues, these can be trying times. The IRS is extremely backlogged in processing and resolving most post-filing issues and remains under-resourced.

Understanding the different types of IRS penalty relief

We all know that the IRS assesses millions of dollars in penalties from taxpayers every year, but many people are not aware that the IRS also offers penalty relief for those eligible.

How to use the IRS’ First Time Penalty Abatement Waiver

Like perfect attendance in school, good behavior is often rewarded in many situations including dealings with the IRS. However, instead of additional free time or less homework, the IRS is more likely to waive relevant penalties and fees provided their qualification requirements have been met.

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