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Getting a Penalty Abatement From the IRS


In dealing with the IRS, Tax penalties for filing and paying late may be reduced or removed through an abatement. In order to get this tax abatement we must show the IRS that you have reasonable cause and the failure was not due to willful neglect. While it requires more than just reasonable cause, interest charges may also be abated or suspended by the IRS under certain circumstances.


Common IRS Penalties Which May Be Abated

While there are over a hundred different types of penalties assessed by the IRS, a couple of the more commonly faced IRS penalties include failure to file and failure to pay. If you failed to file your income tax returns by the filing deadline or extended deadline, then you will likely be facing a failure to file penalty. If you underpaid or failed to pay any estimated taxes, you will likely be facing an underpayment penalty. Regardless of the type of penalty assessed by the IRS, the penalty may be eligible for an abatement if your circumstances qualify.

Getting an IRS Penalty Abated

In the event that the IRS has assessed tax penalties against you, we can attempt to have those penalties abated.    As your tax attorney, we will review your case and help to determine if we can show the IRS that you had reasonable cause, and therefore should be granted the abatement. Additionally, you may qualify for programs such as the FTA (First Time Abatement), which will provide an alternative route for us to get your abatement approved.


Some examples that may qualify as reasonable cause for IRS penalty abatement include:

Loss of Records (Flood, Fire, etc)

Loss of Employment

Loss of Home

Health Problems

Mental Health Issues

Spousal Abandonment

Death of Family Member

Military or Government Service


Getting IRS Interest Abated

Interest charges are less frequently abated by the IRS than penalties, however there are causes for which the IRS will allow suspension or abatement of  interest charges. These causes include interest that is attributable to unreasonable errors and delays by Internal Revenue Service.



If you are subject to substantial penalties from the IRS, you should act quickly to obtain legal tax representation.  Contact Tax Attorney Kenneth Sheppard for a free consultation today at 1-877-505-9455.








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