Penalties

One-Time Abatement of $5,000 Frivolous Filing Penalty Announced

Taxpayers who have filed all required tax returns and paid all outstanding tax liabilities, including penalties (except for the Sec. 6702 penalty) and related interest, may qualify for a one-time reduction to $500 of any unpaid penalties that the IRS has assessed.

A Trust Fund Recovery Penalty Primer

This item discusses the basic mechanics of the trust fund recovery penalty, what qualifies someone as responsible for payroll taxes, and what constitutes willfulness.

Annual Update on Adequate Disclosure of Return Positions Issued

The IRS released updated guidance identifying when a taxpayer’s disclosure of an item or position in an income tax return is adequate for purposes of reducing the understatement of tax penalty and the tax return preparer penalty for understatement due to unreasonable positions.

IRS Gives Transitional Relief to Form 8937 Filers

The IRS announced that, due to its late release of the required form, it will not impose penalties on issuers of stock who report incorrect 2011 information required under Sec. 6045B, as long as they make a good-faith effort to timely comply with the requirements.

The Codified Economic Substance Doctrine and Related Penalties

The IRS issued a directive providing details on a multistep process that examiners must follow before the ultimate application of the economic substance doctrine in an examination. It also provides guidance on related penalties that might be imposed upon the application of the doctrine.

Lack of Control Does Not Except Owners from Trust Fund Recovery Penalty

The owners of a company who had delegated payroll functions to a separate payroll company they owned but did not operate were liable for trust fund recovery penalties because they were responsible persons both before and after the withholding taxes that were the basis of the penalties accrued.

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With the extended 2017 tax filing season drawing to a close, now is the time to get your practice and your clients ready for the 2018 season.

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2016 Best Article Award

The winners of The Tax Adviser’s 2016 Best Article Award are Edward Schnee, CPA, Ph.D., and W. Eugene Seago, J.D., Ph.D., for their article, “Taxation of Worthless and Abandoned Partnership Interests.”