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Did you forget to pay your taxes this year, or worse, forget to file? Although there may be legitimate reasons why you failed to meet the tax deadline, the IRS will impose tax penalties until you get back on track or pay your tax debt in full. Even if you did file and pay on time, there could be penalties assessed if your return contained errors or your payment was rejected. Depending on your situation, here are some of the IRS penalties you could face.
A failure-to-file penalty of 5% of your unpaid taxes will be imposed if you miss the filing deadline. This penalty is assessed each month, for up to five months. If your tax return is more than 60 days late, you will face a minimum fine, or an amount equal to the tax debt owed, whichever is smaller. The minimum fine varies based on the original filing year:
The failure-to-file penalty can be assessed for taxes not paid, regardless if you file a tax return or not. The penalty is .5% per month on the taxes owed until they are paid in full. The charge applies even if you pay before the end of the month, and maxes out at 25% of the total owed.
America is a pay-as-you-go tax system, which means you must pay income tax as you earn it throughout the year. This is typically done through withholding on your paycheck or estimated tax payments. If you expect to owe more than $1,000 in taxes, and do not pay enough, you could face an underpayment penalty of the estimated tax. The amount will vary based on when the payment should have been paid and the interest for that period.
The IRS will charge a $25 penalty fee, or the amount of the payment (whichever is less), for returned payments that are less than $1,250. For bad checks or other rejected payments over $1,250, the fee is equal to 2% of the declined payment amount.
The IRS offers tax penalty relief for people who were unable to pay their taxes because of unforeseen circumstances and other reasons. If you’re due a refund and did not file, the failure-to-file penalty is automatically waived. For those who have not paid their taxes, there are three types of tax penalty relief available:
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