What Are Federal Tax Penalties?
Federal tax penalties are charges applied to an unpaid tax balance. These charges vary in amount and severity, and they almost always happen as a result of one or more of the following conditions:
- Failure to file taxes when required
- Filing taxes improperly or inaccurately
- Not fully paying owed taxes
Once a federal tax penalty has been assessed, it remains until it has been paid in full, is abated, is successfully appealed, or the collection statute has expired. In some cases, a federal tax penalty can be reversed if it can be proven that an IRS error was made.