Ultimate Guide to IRS Penalty Abatements

Being assessed a tax penalty on top of the taxes you owe can greatly increase your total tax liability. The Internal Revenue Service states that it assesses tax penalties to encourage people to voluntarily comply with the tax laws. You are deemed to be voluntarily complaint when you make a good faith effort to meet your tax obligations. However, receiving a tax penalty can make it difficult for you to pay everything you owe. Fortunately, the IRS provides several methods for seeking an abatement of the penalties you might be assessed.

What are IRS penalty abatements?

Penalty abatement is a process through which you can ask the IRS to remove penalties you have been assessed. There are many different types of penalties that can potentially be abated. However, you have to go through the correct process before your tax penalties will be removed.

If you have been assessed a failure to file or a failure to pay penalty, you will have to request abatement to have the penalty removed. The IRS’s computer system automatically assesses these penalties when you file a return late or when you make a payment with a due balance.

Other types of tax penalties are normally assessed during IRS investigations or audits, including the fraud and accuracy penalties. You can request an abatement of a return accuracy penalty after it is assessed, but you might need to undergo special IRS procedures.

The three primary methods of securing tax penalty abatements include administrative waivers or first-time abatements, reasonable cause abatements, and Form 843 abatements. We’ll take a look at each of these processes below.

Administrative waivers/First-time abatements

If you meet the criteria for a first time abatement, the IRS might provide you with administrative relief for certain penalties, including the failure to file, failure to pay, or failure to deposit penalties. The first time abate program is available to you the first time you are assessed one of these types of penalties on one return. However, you must also meet the following specific eligibility guidelines to receive an administrative waiver or first-time abatement:

  • You have filed all required returns or extensions for any returns that are currently due.
  • You have made payment arrangements for any currently do taxes or have paid them.

You will be considered current with your tax return filing if you have either filed all tax returns that are due or have filed extensions for them. You cannot have … Continue reading

Podcast Episode #17: Email Marketing for Tax Firms with Nate Hagerty & Christian Jones

 

Nate Hagerty and Christian Jones from digital marketing agency TaxProMarketer join me to discuss the importance of email marketing in your tax practice. We discuss why you need it, how to optimize it, the type of emails to send, how frequently, and how this helps converts leads into paying clients..

To schedule a chat with with the TaxProMarketer team, visit TalkToTPM.com.

To hear more from Nate and Christian, check out there podcast: https://welcome.taxpromarketer.com/podcast/

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Free Webinar: Email Marketing to Grow Your Tax Firm

Email is the backbone of every digital marketing strategy, in every industry.

Not social media.

Not search ads.

Not even – dare I say it! – SEO. <gasp!>

Email.

Despite the rise of social media and messaging systems like Slack (ahem, anybody remember Internet Relay Chat???), email is still the primary business communication tool in use today. This is for both active client communication, but also for marketing purposes.

Have you ever watched a new show on Netflix because of that weekly “What’s New” email they send?

Have you ever applied for a credit card because Credit Karma sent you that promo email to utilize your credit score?

Ever cashed in a 20% coupon from Bed Bath & Beyond (🚀!) that you received via email?

How about purchasing an item on Amazon that was advertised at the bottom of those shipment confirmation emails from your last order?

Oh, oh, I know a good one. Ready? Have you ever registered for a CPE class that was brought to your attention via email? Hmm? Hmm? 🤔

Still not convinced? You’re an accountant, you like numbers, so here are some stats: According to MarketingSherpa, 91% of Americans want to receive promotional emails. According to Adestra, 73% of Millennials prefer receiving email marketing over direct mail, text messages, and phone app notifications. According to the Direct Marketing Association, email has a 38:1 return on investment. Lastly, consumers that purchase via email spend 138% more than those that don’t receive email offers, according to marketing agency CRM platform BenchmarkOne.

To help you get a grip on your email marketing, you’re invited to attend the next Digital Marketing Trialogue session with moi and special guests Nate Hagerty and Christian Jones of Tax Pro Marketer. We’ll discuss concrete steps for integrating email marketing into your overall business development process. There is no cost for this webinar, but it is limited to the first 100 registrations.

We’ll go live at 12pm Pacific / 1pm Mountain / 2pm Central / 3pm Eastern on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

Register Here

If you’re unable to attend live, don’t worry: These webinars get converted into podcast episodes, so you can listen at your leisure later on.

To your success,
~Jassen Bowman

P.S. Ready to get going with your own email marketing for lead follow up? I’ve assembled a special collection of back issues of The Profitable Accountant newsletter covering lead follow up strategy and building … Continue reading