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Can You Appeal IRS Late Penalties in 2020?

Some useful information on appealing IRS late penalties this year has been posted online by the Taxpayer Advocate Service

Published on October 1, 2020

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The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) has posted a useful article looking at the appeals process against IRS late penalties. As many will know, the US tax deadline was extended in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and the associated lockdown. This meant that tax return deadlines were extended, from April 15 to July 15 2020. At the same time, the usual deadline for expats to file was moved from June 15 to July 15. Overseas Americans are also able to submit IRS form 4868 to secure a further extension until October 15.

However, 2020 has been an unusual year, and there may be many scenarios in which you've missed a form submission, or are late in making a payment, and have received a penalty. The TAS article highlights a number of ways in which to dispute penalties. They write that "In some cases, the IRS will waive the penalties for filing and paying late. However, you’ll need to ask the IRS to do this". Some of the situations where penalty waivers may be considered relate to reasonable causes, administrative reasons and statutory exceptions.

TAS also has a range of other resources which could be useful for overseas taxpayers seeking answers to a range of technical questions relating to the IRS.

To review the Taxpayer Advocate Service article on appealing late penalties, go to https://taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/news/tas-tax-tip-why-do-i-owe-a-penalty-and-what-can-i-do-about-it?.

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