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Old 07-25-2008, 04:01 PM
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IRS granting relief of penalties on late payroll tax deposits.

There is good news for small businesses that have made late tax deposits. The IRS has announced "that Firms with good compliance records may get their penalties abated.!"

The IRS has stated "a firm can get a late-deposit penalty waived simply by notifying to the IRS, that it has made deposits on time for at least the past three years."

But, it is also worth noting that the IRS is also granting this relief to "businesses with less perfect deposit records, if they can demonstrate reasonable cause for the delay."

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Old 08-06-2008, 05:42 PM
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IRS Servicewide Penalties office clarification on penalty relief


I am with the IRS Servicewide Penalties office and recently made a presentation on the penalty relief provisions you mention above. We appreciate your efforts to educate the public on this matter, but I need to make a clarification.

The Internal Revenue code and Treasury Regulations provide for relief from the Federal Tax Deposit penalty if it is established that the failure to deposit timely was due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect.

Procedures to follow for requesting penalty relief based on reasonable cause are outlined in the "Removal of Penalties" section of various IRS notices and publications. It is possible that a taxpayer requesting penalty relief due to reasonable cause may instead be granted penalty relief based on an IRS Administrative Waiver rather than reasonable cause. The FTA administrative waiver is granted in situations where the taxpayer has offered a reason for penalty relief consideration and has a history of compliance that meets the criteria specified in the Internal Revenue Manual.

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