When you fail to pay your taxes on a timely basis, it can result in IRS penalties, and in turn, compounding interest that can make your tax debt into a much larger and overwhelming amount. Continued non-payment of this back tax debt can then result in additional IRS penalties and interest, a levy on your wages or bank account, a lien against your property, or even a seizure of your assets.
IRS penalties can be applied for filing your tax return late or for paying your due tax late. The IRS penalty for filing late is generally 5% each month, or partial month, and can be up to 25% of the amount due on your tax return. The IRS penalty for paying late is 0.5% per month, up to 25% of the unpaid amount that is due.
How Crest Tax Group Can Help
There are some situations and circumstances in which you can have your IRS penalties abated or reduced or eradicated for a particular tax year or multiple tax years. To submit this abatement request to the IRS, a taxpayer must have reasonable cause that is specific for each year and must be able to explain why the penalties should be removed.
In fact, there are six main reasons the IRS will accept an abatement of IRS penalties. They include:
- Death or serious illness of the taxpayer or member of his/her immediate family. In the case of a corporation, estate, trust, etc., the death or serious illness must have been of an individual having sole authority to execute the return or make the deposit or payment or a member of such individual's immediate family.
- In the case of the unavoidable absence of the taxpayer, a corporation, estate, trust, etc., the absence must have been of an individual having sole authority to execute the return or make the deposit or payment.
- Destruction by fire or other casualty of the taxpayer's place of business or business records.
- The taxpayer was unable to determine amount of deposit or tax due for reasons beyond the taxpayer's control. However, this cause will be acceptable for taxpayer's required to make deposits or payments of trust fund taxes only when the taxpayer was unable to have access to his/her own records.
- The facts indicate that the taxpayer's ability to make deposits or payments has been materially impaired by civil disturbances.
- Lack of funds is an acceptable reasonable cause for failure to pay any tax or make a deposit under the Federal Tax Deposit System only when a taxpayer can demonstrate the lack of funds occurred despite the exercise of ordinary business care and prudence.
If you fit into one of these categories, Crest Tax Group may be able to help you stop the cycle of compounding IRS interest and penalties. Dependent on your individual financial circumstances, we may be able to negotiate an Abatement of IRS penalties for you.