Approximately 1.45 million taxpayers who qualified for relief from tax penalties totaling close to $181 million never heard from the Internal Revenue Service that they were entitled to it and never received it, according to a new government report.
The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, noted that the Tax Code imposes penalties on taxpayers with a filing requirement who fail to file a tax return or fail to timely pay the full tax shown on any tax return. The IRS waives those penalties for taxpayers who have demonstrated full compliance over the prior three years, but only if the taxpayers request penalty relief. The IRS does not widely publicize the opportunity to request this waiver, known as a First-Time Abate.
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