Tax

Have a Tax Question? Ask a Tax Expert

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Tax

How to write a IRS penalty abatement letter?

The IRS will never waive the interest that is due on a past due tax debt, but they will sometimes waive the penalties or a portion of the penalties, if you can show reasonable cause as to why the taxes were not paid on time.

You would need to write a letter to the IRS Service Center where you file your 
returns to the attention of the Penalty Abatement Coordinator. Here is a sample of what the letter should include:

Sample Request Letter 
To: Penalty Abatement Coordinator 
 IRS Service Center 
P.O. Box 123 
Cincinnati, OH. 98765

(Make sure you use the actual address for the service center where you file your return)

Re: Request for Penalty Abatement

From: Jane Doe

***** 
Main Town, WY. 98766 
SSN: Your SSN

July 4, 2010

To Whom It May Concern:

I am requesting an abatement of penalties totaling $2,345.20 as asserted in the IRS Notice dated 6/2/XX, of which I have enclosed.

The reason I paid late, filed late, did not report 
income (choose your reason) was that __________(fill in your reason, such as:)

My husband passed away 
I was hospitalized 
My tax records were lost in the hurricane 
Whatever your good reason is....

Enclosed is a (describe your supporting documentation, such as):

Death certificate confirming my husband's death 
Doctor's explanation for my hospitalization 
Picture of house torn apart from hurricane

I have also enclosed payment that covers the amount of the underlying taxes I owe. (It is a good idea to send at least something as a good faith deposit).

Please abate these penalties for "reasonable cause." If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at (Your Number) from 8 am to 5 pm.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Manual signature

Jane Doe

Enclosed: IRS Tax Notice, death certificate, doctor's letter, photograph.

Thank you

Read full interaction below »
Ask Your Own Tax Question

Resolved Question:

How to write a letter requesting abatement of tax penalties and interest?

Submitted: 7 years ago.
Answered in 4 minutes by:
7/1/2010
Tax Professional: Merlo, Accountant replied 7 years ago
Merlo
Merlo, Accountant
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 9,783
Experience: 25+ years tax consulting. Specializing in returns for US citizens living abroad
Verified

The IRS will never waive the interest that is due on a past due tax debt, but they will sometimes waive the penalties or a portion of the penalties, if you can show reasonable cause as to why the taxes were not paid on time.

You would need to write a letter to the IRS Service Center where you file your returns to the attention of the Penalty Abatement Coordinator. Here is a sample of what the letter should include:

Sample Request Letter
To: Penalty Abatement Coordinator
IRS Service Center
P.O. Box 123
Cincinnati, OH. 98765

(Make sure you use the actual address for the service center where you file your return)

Re: Request for Penalty Abatement

From: Jane Doe

*****
Main Town, WY. 98766
SSN: Your SSN

July 4, 2010

To Whom It May Concern:

I am requesting an abatement of penalties totaling $2,345.20 as asserted in the IRS Notice dated 6/2/XX, of which I have enclosed.

The reason I paid late, filed late, did not report income (choose your reason) was that __________(fill in your reason, such as:)

My husband passed away
I was hospitalized
My tax records were lost in the hurricane
Whatever your good reason is....

Enclosed is a (describe your supporting documentation, such as):

Death certificate confirming my husband's death
Doctor's explanation for my hospitalization
Picture of house torn apart from hurricane

I have also enclosed payment that covers the amount of the underlying taxes I owe. (It is a good idea to send at least something as a good faith deposit).

Please abate these penalties for "reasonable cause." If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at (Your Number) from 8 am to 5 pm.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Manual signature

Jane Doe

Enclosed: IRS Tax Notice, death certificate, doctor's letter, photograph.

Thank you

Ask Your Own Tax Question
Ask Merlo Your Own Question
Merlo
Merlo
Merlo, Accountant
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 9,783
9,783 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 25+ years tax consulting. Specializing in returns for US citizens living abroad

Merlo is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I really was impressed with the prompt response. Your expert was not only a tax expert, but a people expert!!! Her genuine and caring attitude came across in her response...

T.G.WMatteson, IL

I WON!!! I just wanted you to know that your original answer gave me the courage and confidence to go into yesterday's audit ready to fight.

BonnieChesnee, SC

Great service. Answered my complex tax question in detail and provided a lot of additional useful information for my specific situation.

JohnMinneapolis, MN

Excellent information, very quick reply. The experts really take the time to address your questions, it is well worth the fee, for the peace of mind they can provide you with.

OrvilleHesperia, California

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Wallstreet Esq.

Wallstreet Esq.

Tax Attorney

586 satisfied customers

10 years experience

Mark D

Mark D

Enrolled Agent

1,300 satisfied customers

MBA, EA, Specializing in Business and Individual Tax Returns and Issues

Richard

Richard

Tax Attorney

4,310 satisfied customers

29 years of experience as a tax, real estate, and business attorney.

Robin D.

Robin D.

Senior Tax Advisor 4

13,695 satisfied customers

15years with H & R Block. Divisional leader, Instructor

Megan C

Megan C

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

8,651 satisfied customers

Licensed CPA, CFE, CMA, CGMA who teaches accounting courses at Master's Level

jgordosea

jgordosea

Enrolled Agent

2,885 satisfied customers

I've prepared all types of taxes since 1987.

R. Klein, EA

R. Klein, EA

Enrolled Agent

1,839 satisfied customers

Over 20 Years experience

< Previous | Next >

Related Tax Questions
Can I report rental income in my tax return on a property
Can I report rental income in my tax return on a property thar is owned by my father? He does not live in the US is not a US citizen and can sign a document to allow me to receive the rental… read more
Robin D.
Robin D.
Senior Tax Advisor 4
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
13,695 satisfied customers
IRS Experts Corporation changed name. 2016 tax return has
IRS ExpertsCorporation changed name. 2016 tax return has been filed with a new name. Taxpayer recently received notice which has old name. How do we change the name with IRS?… read more
Barbara
Barbara
Enrolled Agent, Paralegal
3,452 satisfied customers
When bank refinance do they verify tax returns with IRS?
When bank refinance do they verify tax returns with IRS? Because I did the refinance and bank didn't ask me for transcript signature, or Can they do it without my authorization ?… read more
Chad CFP ®
Chad CFP ®
Certified Financial Planner(R), Pro
Master\u0027s Degree
717 satisfied customers
Need advice for my tax return. Only income: Airbnb. I'm
Need advice for my tax return. Only income: Airbnb. I'm renting a room and sub renting it through Airbnb … read more
abci168
abci168
Principal
27 satisfied customers
I filed for an extension to file my 2017 income tax return.
I filed for an extension to file my 2017 income tax return. I recently suffered a stroke - 6 weeks ago - and have been unable to finalize my return. I should be able to file it within the next 30 days… read more
Barbara
Barbara
Enrolled Agent, Paralegal
3,452 satisfied customers
Received notice from IRS. On my tax return missed to check
Received notice from IRS. On my tax return missed to check health care coverage for year 2014, 2015 and 2016, Do I have to file Form 1040 X for each year or can I do all three on one by checking these… read more
Robin D.
Robin D.
Senior Tax Advisor 4
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
13,695 satisfied customers
We are interested in buying a solar farm. What are the tax
Hi! We are interested in buying a solar farm. What are the tax incentives? Is it just the 30% tax credit, or will we get to depreciate all the solar equipment with bonus depreciation? Thanks! … read more
emc011075
emc011075
Senior Tax Specialist
Bachelor's Degree
16 satisfied customers
Can a C-Corp file a "final" return with the IRS if there are
Can a C-Corp file a "final" return with the IRS if there are no longer any business operations, but the company bank accounts remain open?… read more
taxmanrog
taxmanrog
Master\u0027s Degree
697 satisfied customers
I filed my IRS return in July instead of April (and paid the
I filed my IRS return in July instead of April (and paid the tax amount in full, that I owed). Then I got a letter with ‘failure-to-file for filing my return late' of 5% of the late paid taxes for 3 m… read more
LEV
LEV
Retired
Bachelor's Degree
14,896 satisfied customers
Income tax question. Are there any ways that interest on an
income tax question. Are there any ways that interest on an insurance policy can be tax deductible? … read more
Robin D.
Robin D.
Senior Tax Advisor 4
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
13,695 satisfied customers
I have a cleint who i did a tax return for that the IRS
I have a cleint who i did a tax return for that the IRS rejected e-file as someone else took the dependent; The child in question lives with tax payer. The IRS direction on reject basically said check… read more
Robin D.
Robin D.
Senior Tax Advisor 4
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
13,695 satisfied customers
Can franking credit on an Australian income tax return be
Can franking credit on an Australian income tax return be used on Form 1116 as tax paid on the franked distributions? … read more
Robin D.
Robin D.
Senior Tax Advisor 4
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
13,695 satisfied customers
I need to file an amendment to my tax returns to show income
I need to file an amendment to my tax returns to show income from a personal loan to my brother for his business needs. How do I categorize it in Turbo Tax?… read more
Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor
Certified Public Accountant
Masters
2,215 satisfied customers
How do I get a copy of my joint income tax returns for the
How do I get a copy of my joint income tax returns for the last 4-5 years, files via turbo tax?… read more
emc011075
emc011075
Senior Tax Specialist
Bachelor's Degree
16 satisfied customers
My 2016 tax return was denied electronially by the IRS. The
My 2016 tax return was denied electronially by the IRS. The social security number for the child I listed as a dependant had alredy been used by another party. I was instructed to send in a paper return and wait for notification. … read more
NPVAdvisor
NPVAdvisor
CFP Licensee and Practitioner
Master's Degree
180 satisfied customers
I received a corrected income and tax from the IRS for 2015.
I received a corrected income and tax from the IRS for 2015. The money that they are referring to is a beneficiary payment from my dad's passing. … read more
Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor
Certified Public Accountant
Masters
2,215 satisfied customers
Tax question. Does the IRS keep copies of the tax returns
Tax question. Does the IRS keep copies of the tax returns from 2014?. They are claiming I did not report my Soc Sec income then and they refused to accept the amended return my tax woman filed. Now I … read more
emc011075
emc011075
Senior Tax Specialist
Bachelor's Degree
16 satisfied customers
Tax return question: What is investment interest expense? I
tax return question: What is investment interest expense? I loaned a company money by way of their using my credit cards (exclusive cards), and I paid the interest on the money they borrowed.… read more
Brian Michels
Brian Michels
Partner, CPA
Bachelors of Business Administration
154 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x