Category Archives: Exceptions to Penalties

October 15th is NOT the filing deadline for Everyone

October 15th is the annual filing deadline for all personal income tax returns. This year, some (un)lucky folks in several disaster areas around the country have extra time to file – as long as they were wise enough to put their personal tax returns on extension. What about the rest of us? We still face […]

Reasonable Care and RMD

Today TaxMama® hears from Sonia in the TaxQuips Forum, who has this quickie question. “I contacted the custodian of my IRA AT 3 PM on 12/31 to request a required minimum distribution (RMD). The transaction ended up being dated 1/1. Will the 50% penalty apply? If so, how can I apply for relief?”

Extra IRS Taxes Plus

Today TaxMama® hears from Wayne  in the TaxQuips Forum, with this question.  “I received a notice from the IRS that my 2011 tax return did not include a withdrawal from my 401k. So I had to pay roughly $3,500 in taxes and penalties for this omission by my tax preparer. Is this $3,500 payment deductible […]

Relief Available To Many Extension Requesters Claiming Tax Benefits

WASHINGTON —The Internal Revenue Service today provided late-payment penalty relief to individuals and businesses requesting a tax-filing extension because they are attaching to their returns any of the forms that couldn’t be filed until after January. The relief applies to the late-payment penalty, normally 0.5 percent per month, charged on tax payments made after the […]

Partnership Penalties

Today TaxMama® hears from Lara in the TaxQuips Forum who is helping get a partnership out of trouble. As it happens, this seems to be the week for questions from tax pros about the penalties IRS imposes on late-filed partnership tax returns. So let’s talk about those.  

It Never Hurts to Ask

Today TaxMama® hears from Sue, who overcame a big problem. To make a long story short, Sue suddenly discovered, purely by accident, that she’d only been paying one of the two taxes required by her city for her business. They hit her with about $12,000 worth of back taxes, penalties and interest. Uh oh. What […]

Payroll Deposits

Today TaxMama® hears from Donna in the TaxQuips Forum with this running argument. “Our debate concerns a client whose payroll taxes for the current and previous quarters well exceeded $2,500. The client is a monthly depositor and did not make a timely deposit for the last month in the quarter. The deposit amount due for […]

Contributed and Quit

Today TaxMama® hears from Sergey in the TaxQuips Forum, with this problem. “I started a new job with a 401k plan this year; but I had to quit after a few months. I accumulated some money in my 401k with this organization; and I want to take that money out now. Am I subject to […]