How an Underpayment Tax Penalty Can Be Waivered
Do you pay estimated taxes? The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) actually requires that taxpayers pay estimated taxes on certain types of income that is not subject to withholdings, such as income from self-employment, dividends and interest, rent, alimony, and prizes or other winnings. What happens if your estimated taxes do not cover the amount that you actually owe the IRS in a given year? It is possible that you can actually be penalized by the IRS for underpayment of your taxes, causing another tax headache.
Penalties for Underpayment of Taxes
If you are concerned that you may be penalized for underpayment by the IRS, you should know that it is possible that you may qualify for this penalty to be waived. The penalty for underpaying your taxes can change from year to year and in the vast majority of instances, the amount of penalty depends on your circumstances. You should be aware that the penalty is calculated for each individual payment period for your estimated taxes. To make this calculation accurate, you should plan to submit the IRS Form 2210, which has two different methods for calculating your penalty. The first step is always to determine the exact amount of taxes that you underpaid. The Form 2210 will also help you make the calculation for your potential penalty.
Criteria for Waiving Underpayment Penalty
This underpayment penalty can be waived if you meet the following criteria:
- If you were unable to make your estimated payment because of disaster, death or other unusual situation;
- If you retired after the age of 62
- If you became disabled
- If you had a reasonable cause for not making the payment AND,
- You did not purposefully neglect to make the payment.
How to Request a Waiver
In order to request a waiver for your underpayment, you should do so by filing IRS Form 2210 and include a written statement detailing why you were unable to make the entire payment. This statement should also include a specific time period of which you are requesting the waiver. You should also plan to include any supporting documentation (proof of disaster, death, retirement notice, disability date, etc.) that supports your position so that the IRS can review this information along with your request.
Tax Support When You Need It
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