November 13, 2012

Did you know that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may charge taxpayers with any one of over one-hundred and forty tax penalties? However, some of the more common penalties that you might face include:

  • Failure to file taxes
  • Late payment of taxes
  • Underpaying estimated taxes
  • Substantial understatement of taxes
  • Negligence or intentional disregard for paying taxes
  • Getting tax relief from IRS tax penalties can often be complicated. However, there are places that you can turn to for help.


Taxpayer Advocate Services (TAS) is an independent organization within the IRS reporting to the National Taxpayer Advocate. It was designed to assist taxpayers who are experiencing economic harm, such as an inability to provide daily necessities (i.e. housing, transportation, food). TAS offers taxpayers assistance in resolving IRS problems that they haven’t been able to resolve through normal channels.


Because the IRS is made up of many different departments, each making decisions about tax issues, the Office of Appeals acts as an “informal administrative forum” to help with tax law disagreements. It is independent of the IRS in order to provide “fair and impartial” services, both to the taxpayer and the U.S. government.


Depending on your situation, you may need to hire a tax attorney. A tax attorney can assist you with actions such as filing delinquent taxes, dealing with a tax lien, negotiating an offer in compromise, and releasing wage garnishments.