Penalty Abatements

If you do not qualify for an Offer in Compromise, an alternative method of reducing the amount that you owe is to obtain an Abatement of Penalties.   In order to obtain an Abatement of Penalties with the Internal Revenue Service it is necessary to establish what the IRS calls “reasonable cause.”

A Formal Request for Abatement of Penalties is a written request to the government stating a case for reasonable cause and abatement of penalties.   These Formal Requests can vary widely in quality, depending upon who drafts the request.

In order to maximize your chances of obtaining an Abatement of Penalties, a professional and lawyerly written document is necessary.   Facts must be portrayed in a light that is favorable to the taxpayer.   The law must be stated accurately.   The analysis should contain persuasive legal arguments applying the law to the facts at hand.   Any supporting documents tending to establish reasonable cause should be attached.

At Fortress, we guarantee that the tax practitioner handling your case will be a licensed attorney who has demonstrated superior advocacy skills – both verbal AND written.   Since attorneys possess comprehensive training in legal writing and our staff possesses extensive experience in drafting Formal Requests for Abatement of Penalties, we can assure you of the very best chances of obtaining an Abatement of Penalties.


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