And...we would say that the tendency of the IRS is toward REJECTING penalty abatements -- even the good cases. Why is this happening? Has the culture of the IRS changed? Our guess is there was a directive from higher up in the IRS hierarchy to put penalty abatement requests under greater scrutiny.
The good news is we are winning these cases in the APPEALS division of the IRS. The key to penalty abatements is establishing "reasonable cause" to explain why you fell behind on your taxes or filed late: divorce, sickness, e.g. fall into this category, and providing tangible proof that the event occurred.
TODAY: we got the IRS to remove a $15,000 LATE FILING PENALTY ABATEMENT AGAINST A CLIENT!!! This was one of the most difficult APPEALS that we have ever done. We will say after several exchanges of paperwork with the appeals office, it took a final CONFERENCE CALL with our client to get the result.
Here are some other penalty abatement posts/stories of our's:
Client's Acknowledgement Letter - Successful Penalty Abatement
$99,000 Penalty Abatement Awarded to Client