IRS Penalty Relief
The IRS provides penalty abatement in three cases if you failed to file or pay taxes on time. You should apply for an abatement so that the bills don’t just keep on piling up for you.
If you’ve failed to file or pay taxes for the first time, then you’ve this option open for you. However, you must meet the following conditions to qualify:
- You’ve filed your tax returns or requested an extension.
- You’ve had no other penalties levied on you in the previous three years.
- You’ve paid your due taxes or made arrangements to do so.
And not only individuals but also businesses can request a first-time penalty abatement.
If you’ve a sound reason for not filing your taxes or paying them on time, then the IRS may offer you relief from penalties. Here are the situations in which you may get tax abatement:
- You or an immediate family member fell serious ill or died
- A natural disaster, such as floor or hurricanes, prevented you from filing or paying your taxes on time.
There are other sound reasons, but you’ll have to discuss those with a tax expert.
Certain statutory exceptions for which the IRS provides relief from penalties include:
- Incorrect instructions: you received incorrect instructions from the IRS itself.
- Natural disaster: you live in a federal disaster area.
- Mail issues: you had mailed your tax return and payment on time but you still received a penalty.
People who serve in a military combat zone may qualify for tax abatement through a statutory exception.
Types of IRS Penalties Eligible for Relief
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Failure-to-File (FTF) Penalty:
You may be eligible for first-time penalty abatement if you have a clean record with the IRS and have consistently met your tax obligations. Additionally, the penalty may be reduced or waived if you can demonstrate reasonable cause or meet the criteria for a statutory exception.
Failure-to-Pay (FTP) Penalty:
If you were unable to pay your taxes on time, you may qualify for penalty relief through reasonable cause, first-time penalty abatement, or statutory exception.
Underpayment of Estimated Tax:
IRS also favors those who’ve had a good record with them. If it’s your first time receiving a penalty from the agency, then your penalty abatement is more likely to get approved.
How to Request a Penalty Abatement from the IRS
You can request IRS penalty abatement within three years of filing your return or two years after paying the penalty.
You can follow up with the agency after you’ve filed the request for a tax penalty abatement.