IRS Penalty Abatement in Phoenix

Navigating IRS Penalty Abatement in Phoenix, AZ with Hockett Tax Resolution

If you’re a Phoenix, AZ taxpayer facing IRS penalties, you might feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. Fortunately, the IRS penalty abatement program can provide much-needed relief. At Hockett Tax Resolution, we specialize in helping taxpayers navigate these challenges to reduce or eliminate penalties.

Understanding IRS Penalty Abatement

IRS penalties can accumulate quickly, making it difficult for taxpayers to manage their financial obligations. Common penalties include the failure-to-file penalty, failure-to-pay penalty, and accuracy-related penalties. However, the IRS offers penalty abatement for qualifying taxpayers, significantly easing the financial strain.

Types of Penalties That Can Be Abated

  1. Failure-to-File Penalty: Typically 5% of the unpaid taxes for each month or part of a month that a tax return is late, up to a maximum of 25%.
  2. Failure-to-Pay Penalty: Generally 0.5% of the unpaid taxes for each month the tax is not paid, up to a maximum of 25% of the unpaid taxes.
  3. Accuracy-Related Penalty: 20% of the underpayment of tax attributable to negligence, disregard of rules, or substantial understatement of income tax.

How to Qualify for Penalty Abatement

To qualify for penalty abatement, you must demonstrate reasonable cause for failing to comply with tax requirements. Common reasonable causes include serious illness, natural disasters, or reliance on incorrect professional advice. The IRS also offers first-time penalty abatement for taxpayers with a clean compliance history over the past three years.

Steps to Request Penalty Abatement

  1. Review Your IRS Notices: Understand the specific penalties you are facing and gather all relevant documentation.
  2. Consult with a Tax Professional: At Hockett Tax Resolution, we help evaluate your situation and determine the best approach to request penalty abatement.
  3. Prepare Your Request: We assist in preparing a detailed explanation and supporting evidence to submit to the IRS.
  4. Submit the Request: Your request can be submitted by mail or over the phone, depending on your circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1: What is IRS penalty abatement? IRS penalty abatement is the reduction or elimination of penalties assessed by the IRS for failing to comply with tax regulations, such as late filing, late payment, or accuracy-related issues. Taxpayers may qualify for penalty abatement under certain conditions, such as having a reasonable cause or a clean compliance history.

Q2: Who qualifies for IRS penalty abatement? Taxpayers may qualify for IRS penalty abatement if they can demonstrate reasonable cause, such as serious illness, natural disasters, or reliance on incorrect professional advice. Additionally, first-time penalty abatement is available for those with a clean compliance history over the past three years and who have paid or arranged to pay any tax due.

Q3: Can penalty abatement reduce all types of IRS penalties? Penalty abatement can be applied to various types of IRS penalties, including failure-to-file, failure-to-pay, and accuracy-related penalties. However, not all penalties are eligible for abatement, and interest on unpaid taxes generally cannot be abated. It’s important to consult with a tax professional to determine which penalties may be abated in your specific situation.

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Why Choose Hockett Tax Resolution for Your IRS Penalty Abatement in Phoenix?

Expert Guidance: Jeff Hockett has been at the forefront of tax resolution since 1993. His deep understanding of the intricacies of tax laws ensures that every client’s case is handled with the highest level of professionalism and personalized care.

Proven Track Record: As a member of the NATP and ASTPS, Jeff has a long-standing history of successfully negotiating with the IRS on behalf of his clients. His strategic approach to tax problems has helped many reduce their tax liabilities significantly.

Client-Centered Approach: At Hockett Tax Resolution, we understand the stress and anxiety that tax issues can bring. Our firm is built on trust, integrity, and a commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients.

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