Few people feel confident about filing their taxes. When it comes time to file your taxes once again, you’ll likely begin to hear everyone around you talk about the stresses that come along with it. We all know that filing your taxes can be complicated and there’s always the chance there could be an error because of this. Other life problems might also happen that make it impossible to get your taxes done. Natural disasters, injury, death of a loved one, and other hardships might cause you to not file your taxes or not file them correctly. 


Having an issue with your taxes come up can be a nightmare to deal with and might leave you with expensive penalties. If this does happen, you might assume there’s nothing you can do about it. However, life doesn’t revolve around filing taxes and there are sometimes complications that can cause issues you can’t get around. While getting out of tax trouble is known to be difficult, there are things that you can do to help yourself. Depending on what the cause of your tax mistakes are, you might be able to get out of paying a penalty by requesting a penalty abatement. 

Do You Qualify for a Penalty Abatement? 

Penalty abatements can be lifesavers for those who are experiencing tax issues, but not everyone will be able to get one. In order to get a penalty abatement, you need to meet the qualifications, and even then it can sometimes be difficult to get. There are a few different occasions when you might be able to qualify for a tax penalty abatement. One important thing to keep in mind is that you need a good reason that kept you from correctly filing your taxes. Anyone requesting a penalty abatement should also have a good record filing their taxes over the past three years. You could also still be eligible to get a penalty abatement after you’ve paid your fee and receive a refund.

Anyone unsure about whether or not they qualify may be able to discuss it with an experienced tax attorney. If you’re considering requesting a penalty abatement, you’ll quickly realize how complicated the process might be. The IRS may not always accept your first request, even if you meet the requirements. As many people already know, dealing with the IRS can often be difficult unless you have experience communicating with them. Because of this, it’s in your benefit to work with a tax attorney if you need a penalty abatement. 

Penalty Abatement Assistance 

Requesting a penalty abatement can be tricky. Working with a tax attorney isn’t required to be able to request one and get approved, but it’s highly recommended and can make a difference in whether or not you’re able to get it. Tax attorneys understand how to work with the IRS and know what they’re looking for in order to grant someone a tax abatement. At the Law Office of David J. Harris, you can get help from a tax attorney with over 35 years of experience handling these matters.  

If you’ve gotten a penalty fee for tax mistakes that you think you have a reasonable cause to be excused from, contact the Law Office of David J. Harris today.