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Even if some in Congress happily bash the IRS in their speeches, they are evidently not so worried about the agency that they are willing to pass up the political advantage of calling their spending programs “tax cuts.”
~ NEIL H. BUCHANAN
Eight Facts on Late Filing and Late Payment Penalties
Here are eight important points about penalties for filing or paying late:
- .A failure-to-file penalty may apply if you did not file by the tax filing deadline. A failure-to-pay penalty may apply if you did not pay all of the taxes you owe by the tax filing deadline.
- The failure-to-file penalty is generally more than the failure-to-pay penalty. You should file your tax return on time each year, even if you’re not able to pay all the taxes you owe by the due date. You can reduce additional interest and penalties by paying as much as you can with your tax return. You should explore other payment options such as getting a loan or making an installment agreement to make payments. The IRS will work with you.
- The penalty for filing late is normally 5 percent of the unpaid taxes for each month or part of a month that a tax return is late. That penalty starts accruing the day after the tax filing due date and will not exceed 25 percent of your unpaid taxes.
- If you do not pay your taxes by the tax deadline, you normally will face a failure-to-pay penalty of ½ of 1 percent of your unpaid taxes. That penalty applies for each month or part of a month after the due date and starts accruing the day after the tax-filing due date.
- If you timely requested an extension of time to file your individual income tax return and paid at least 90 percent of the taxes you owe with your request, you may not face a failure-to-pay penalty. However, you must pay any remaining balance by the extended due date.
- If both the 5 percent failure-to-file penalty and the ½ percent failure-to-pay penalties apply in any month, the maximum penalty that you’ll pay for both is 5 percent.
- If you file your return more than 60 days after the due date or extended due date, the minimum penalty is the smaller of $135 or 100 percent of the unpaid tax.
- You will not have to pay a late-filing or late-payment penalty if you can show reasonable cause for not filing or paying on time. .
Tax Changes for 2014
Several important tax changes went into affect in 2014. Depending on your income, age, marital status, or whether you operate a business, you could be affected.
- Save on Your Taxes and for Retirement with the Saver’s Credit
- Taxpayers Receiving Identity Verification Letter Should Use IDVerify.irs.gov
- Key Points to Know about Early Retirement Distributions
- Taxpayers Receive Wrong Tax Info on Form 1095-A from Health Insurance Marketplace
- Millions of Taxpayers Are Leaving Thousands of Dollars Unclaimed Each Year
- What You Should Know About Deducting Medical Expenses
- Identity Theft a Major Concern on the IRS List of Tax Scams
- Failure to File or Pay Penalties: Eight Facts
- Did You Receive Form 1095-A During 2014?
- Tax Season Officially Opens January 20, 2015
- Did You Purchase Health Care Insurance During 2014?
- Six IRS Tips for Year-End Gifts to Charity
- IRS Clarifies Application of One-Per-Year Limit on IRA Rollovers and Allows Owners of Multiple IRAs a Fresh Start in 2015
- Tax Rules for a Husband and Wife Co-owned Sole Proprietorship (Qualified Joint Venture)
- How to Report Court Awards and Damages
- Must Family Caregivers Pay Self-Employment Tax?
- Big Government Flushes $25 Billion While Some Politicians Politicize Ebola Spending
- Deducting Bad Debts
- Company Holiday Parties
- Small Employers Should Check Out the Health Care Tax Credit
Tips and Tid Bits
IRS Collects $2.9 Trillion During Fiscal Year 2013
During fiscal year 2013, the IRS collected almost $2.9 trillion in federal revenue and processed 240 million returns of which 151 million were filed electronically. Out of the 146 million individual income tax returns filed, almost 83 percent were e-filed. More than 118 million individual income tax return filers received a tax refund, which totaled almost $312.8 billion. On average, the IRS spent 41 cents to collect $100 in tax revenue during fiscal year 2013.
Over 99% of All Returns Unaudited
The IRS examined just under one percent of all tax returns filed and about one percent of all individual income tax returns during fiscal year 2013. Of the 1.4 million individual tax returns examined, over 39,000 resulted in additional refunds.
Seven States With No Personal Income tax
Seven states do not have a personal income tax. They are: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. New Hampshire and Tennessee do not tax wages. They tax investment income from stocks and bonds.
How the IRS Flags Excessive Travel Expenses
The IRS uses occupational codes to measure typical amounts of travel by profession. A tax return showing 20 percent or more above the norm might get a second look? Here are a few other red flags that can trigger an IRS audit .
Did You Rob a Bank Last Year?
Silly as it may seem, if you robbed a bank dung 2013, you had taxable income. Intentionally not reporting ill-gotten gains is considered tax evasion. The IRS doesn't care how we "earn" our loot as long as they get their cut, from a tax compliance standpoint of course. So, if you're selling drugs or scamming investors and not reporting the income, some day you could find yourself in the same predicament that Al Capone found himself in! Here are some of the top tax myths.