The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is capable of assessing some 148 different types of penalties. The vast majority of these penalties are assessed either for tardy payment, or failure to file taxes in the first place. If you have had the experience of falling afoul of the IRS for either reason, you know how severe these penalties can be. However, if you find yourself in this position, there is help available. In most cases, taxpayers that have been penalized by the IRS can request that these penalties be abated. An IRS penalty abatement means that the penalties assessed may be either partially or completely forgiven and thus removed. In a good number (though not all) of these cases where an IRS penalty abatement is requested, the penalty is completely removed.
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Of course, there are certain conditions which need to be met. The IRS will naturally require that you have an excellent reason to ask for a penalty abatement. And receiving one will certainly depend on the circumstances involved with your particular situation. The ultimate judgment that the IRS renders in each case will, of course, be different each time, since no two circumstances are ever completely alike. However, asking for a penalty abatement is always a good idea. If you are honest and forthright with the IRS, you stand an excellent chance of at least getting your penalty reduced, if not outright abated.