The IRS recently warned employers to be wary of third parties advising them to claim the Employee Retention Credit when they may not qualify. Learn more.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers information return penalties an important tool to collect, at the least cost, the proper amount of tax revenue. Penalties help the IRS achieve this goal because the threat of a penalty generally enhances voluntary compliance.
It is important for taxpayers to carefully read each piece of mail that the IRS sends them. In the past, the IRS would often initiate contact with a taxpayer via a phone call. Due to numerous telephone scams, including some involving the impersonation of IRS employees, the IRS now initiates all contact by mail.
In a recent article for Industry Today, James Pickett discusses the most common types of penalties issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) each year. Of the 40 million penalties issued in 2017, 26 million involved three common penalties: delinquency (failure-to-file), failure-to-pay and failure-to-deposit employment taxes.
There is a letter for you. The return address looks ominous – as the first line reads: Internal Revenue Service. You opened it. Your worst fears were confirmed. It is the dreaded notice that your individual income tax return is under audit or, to put it in the language used by the IRS, “your return has been selected for examination.”