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I RECEIVED AN IRS NOTICE CLAIMING PENALTIES!

If you disagree, and the amount is significant enough, you can either:

a.) Review the IRS’s reasons for penalty relief and file an appeal.

b.) Pay them and file a claim for refund on Form 843 — See more on Penalties.

THE IRS ADDED EVEN MORE PENALTIES.  WHAT DO I DO?

– Penalties will continue to added on past due taxes.

– There are also penalties for not filing required documents — See Penalties & Interest.

I HAVE A LOT OF PENALTIES FROM A TAX AUDIT.  WHAT DO I DO?

– Penalties for late paying — See more on Penalty Removal.

– Negligence and substantial understand penalties — See more on Penalty Removal.

THE IRS HAS CHARGED ME TRUST FUND PENALTIES.  WHAT CAN I DO?

– Are you liable? — See Trust Fund Rules.

– Call R.O. and prove your case.

– File an appeal of trust fund — See Trust Fund Appeals.

THE IRS HAS ADDED INTEREST TO MY BILL!

The following are acceptable reasons to remove interest:

– There was an IRS delay in processing.

– There was an IRS error. – The IRS issued an erroneous refund.

– I’VE NEVER GOT THEM TO AGREE, GOOD LUCK! — See more on Interest Removals and IRS Errors.

I RECEIVED AN IRS LETTER CHARGING ME ADDITIONAL TAX WITH NO EXPLANATION!

– Is it correct?

– Request a 90 day letter (notice of deficiency) and demand it be abated in writing — See more on Notice of Deficiency.

THE IRS NOTICE I RECEIVED CLAIMS THAT I HAVE AN UNDER REPORTED INCOME!

– Is it right?

– In writing, claim it was wrong, request the penalties be removed — See more on Penalty Removal. – Get issuer of W-2, 1099, K-1 to change the incorrect 3rd party documents.

– Call IRS and get a month for you to send in the corrected documents.

I’M SCARED OF THE IRS!

– Many people are scared, but don’t let the IRS push you around! — See more on Scared of the IRS.

I RECEIVED A NOTICE DEMANDING PAYMENT!

– Was the notice a 1058(D.O.), CP501-CP504, etc.?

– Follow rules for payment plans! — See more information on Payment Plans.

I DON’T HAVE THE RECEIPTS TO PROVE MY DEDUCTIONS!

– If you are being audited then this could be a problem — See more information on Audits.

MY BUSINESS DEDUCTIONS WERE DISALLOWED BECAUSE THE IRS SAYS MY BUSINESS IS A “HOBBY”!

– The “hobby loss” rules can be interpreted by the IRS to favor them.

– You may need quality audit representation — see more on Audit Representation.

I DISAGREE WITH THE AUDIT RESULTS AND THE AUDITOR WANTS ME TO SIGN THE REPORT AND PAY!

– If you disagree you could ask to speak to the manager.

– You could file an appeal.

– Take actions to preserve your right to file a court petition — See more on Audit Appeal.

APPEALS DID NOT HELP ME WITH MY AUDIT!

-You can file a tax court petition — See more on Tax Court Petition

MY TIME TO SUBMIT AN AUDIT APPEAL AND COURT PETITION HAS EXPIRED!

– Request audit reconsideration from the chief of exam.

– Ask auditor for help — See more on Audit Appeal.

– Write the tax payer advocate — See more information on Taxpayer Advocate.

I PAID TAXES THAT I DIDN’T OWE BECAUSE I WAS SCARED!

– File a Claim for Refund — See more on Filing a Claim for Refund.

IRS IS THREATENING A WAGE LEVY AND BANK LEVY!

– You need to be in compliance with tax return filing.

– See wage levy and bank levy pages — See more information on Wage and Bank Levies.

I CANNOT AFFORD A PAYMENT PLAN

– You may qualify for an offer.

– You may qualify for CNC (currently not collectable).

– You may qualify for minimum monthly payments (that don’t reduce your liability) — See more information on Payment Plans.

THE IRS IGNORES MY LETTERS!

– You are not alone–they used to ignore my collection letters, too. — See more on Letters and Notices.

– You can call the IRS and check your account. – Obtain a record of your account.

– Call R.O., ACS, or appeals — See more on R.O., ACS and appeals.

I HAVEN’T FILED RETURNS FOR YEARS!

– You are not alone — See more on Unfiled Tax Returns.

MY HUSBAND/WIFE LEFT ME WITH A TAX LIABILITY I OWE BUT CAN’T PAY!

– You may qualify for “Innocent Spouse.”

– If your spouse forged your signature, see “Innocent Spouse” — See more information on Innocent Spouse.

I CAN’T AFFORD PROFESSIONAL HELP!

– This site gives you what you need to represent yourself — See more on Representing Yourself Before the IRS.

– You can purchase a book on IRS collections in a bookstore and use it in conjunction with this website.

THE IRS HAS FILED A RETURN FOR ME!

– You can file your own returns to replace it at anytime — See more on Tax Returns.

MY FIANCE OWES TAXES. WILL I BE LIABLE IF WE GET MARRIED?  WHAT IF WE GET DIVORCED?

– You are only liable for taxes of returns that you sign.

– If you live in a community property state then your wages, etc., can be signed — See more information on Joint Returns.

HOW CAN I GET TAX RELIEF?

– Look at our website under IRS solutions — See more on IRS Solutions.

CAN I GET HELP IF I QUALIFY AS ELDERLY OR RETIRED?

– Yes, the IRS makes no distinction.

– The IRS can even levy social security checks — See more on IRS Solutions.

I HAVE MAJOR IRS PROBLEMS AND I NEED HELP! or THE IRS IS KILLING ME!

– We can help you with your major IRS problems! — See IRS Solutions.

I HAVE IRS PROBLEMS AND I AM IN THE MILITARY!

– Get your help today with IRS problems in the Military — See IRS Solutions.

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