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Ideally, you would like to provide proof of mailing. The IRS should have a copy of the envelope that you sent the return in. The envelope would have the post mark date on it. This would show if the return was mailed prior to April 15th.
Regardless, you would qualify for the first time abatement of the penalty. To qualify for this you did not previously have a return to file or you have had no penalties in the three prior years, you are current in your tax filings, and you are current in all of your taxes paid.
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You would have relief to first time abatement. It is either or ..... so either the first time you were required to file the return or your have not had any penalties for 3 years. You should qualify for the first time abatement.
The copy of the envelope should be associated with your return. I would send in a request to see the postmark date.
For the First Time Abatement you can request the first time abatement over the phone or you could send a letter. On the letter you would want to include the taxpayer's name, EIN #, Tax Year, Tax Form, Penalty Amount and Penalty Type. You would want to clearly state that you meet the First Time Abatement requirements.