What are IRS Penalties & Abatement?
Two of the most common penalties are:
- Failure to file a return
- Failure to pay taxes
It is exceedingly rare to remove the penalty for failure to pay taxes, though it is possible. However, there are real opportunities to remove the failure to file penalty, when there is a “reasonable cause”.
Removal of Penalties Through Reasonable Cause
“Reasonable Cause” is a term of art at the IRS, and appears both in statutes and in IRS regulations. The key is to know what the IRS accepts as a reasonable cause, and what the courts have forced the IRS to accept as reasonable cause. I have written briefs using each of these approaches. I know where to find the case law, what it means, and how to use it in developing a legal argument. I also know how to document the facts of your case, and integrate them into my brief.
An Experienced Tax Attorney in Austin, Texas
I bring decades of experience with abating penalties. This includes effectiveness with many different types of penalties. In fact, I have handled lawsuits on penalties as large as 4.8 million dollars, and won.
I am John McDuff, an Austin tax attorney who advocates for people who have been assessed penalties. My job for you is to evaluate whether you have a chance of getting a penalty removed (abated), and, if it is possible, draft a brief to the IRS, and negotiate with them where needed.
Contact me at 512.457.1177 to discuss the route to resolution of your tax penalties. I represent clients throughout Austin and central Texas.