IRS Penalty Abatement: IRS Tax Penalty Abatement Procedures

IRS Penalty Abatement: IRS Tax Penalty Abatement Procedures

By Houston TX CPA Jim Trippon, on the web at

IRS Penalty abatements are something my CPA firm in Houston TX gets questions about all the time. If you turn on the TV almost any time of day, you will see aggressive ads making wild promises about how you can avoid paying the IRS. The reality is that glowing promises made on TV seldom work in the real world. Here is the truth about IRS Penalty Abatements in Houston, TX.

If an individual taxpayer fails to make their necessary tax debt payments, the IRS will assess penalties and interest as applicable. Over time, these amounts can become substantial. If penalties and interest have caused your total IRS debt to be unmanageable, a penalty abatement may be an option worth considering.

There are several reasons in which penalty abatement may be an option for an individual taxpayer, including:

  • Reasonable Cause- If you had a serious illness which prevented you from filing your taxes, you were not knowledgeable or fully aware of the tax code or you had a death in the family, you may have a reasonable cause claim.

  • Administrative Waivers- If you receive improper tax advice from a professional, you were victim of a natural disaster, you are on a fixed income, you have been diagnosed with a mental illness, you have lose or destroyed financial records or you currently have alcohol or drug problems, you may be eligible for an administrative waiver.

  • IRS Error- If a mistake was made when filing your tax claim, you may be eligible for a penalty abatement.

Working through this process can be challenging for most individual taxpayers. To partner with one of our tax professionals, contact us today.

About the Author: Jim Trippon CPA is the founder of J.M. Trippon & Company, PC a CPA firm in Houston, Texas that works with Houston taxpayers, business owners, and their families. Our CPA Firm works with taxpayers not only in Houston, but also nationwide to negotiate IRS penalty abatements. For more information, or for help with an IRS penalty abatement for your family or business, please contact Houston TX CPA Jim Trippon at 713-661-1040 or visit our website at

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