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What is a Response to IRS Penalty?

A Response to IRS Penalty is a formal way to argue that the penalty levied against you is unjustified or too high. Penalties can be assessed for a number of reasons, and it can be a good idea to make sure the reason given to you is a valid one. You have rights, but you have to prove your point first. A Response to IRS Penalty helps you argue your case. 
A Response to IRS Penalty can help you request a reduction, a penalty waiver, or even a review. If you think a penalty is too high, don't just accept it. After all, there's a chance that the IRS is wrong. Tax penalties can be a real burden, and you certainly shouldn't pay if the penalty is unjustified or too high. When you make your case be sure you do it the right way; a professional correspondence can help you get better results. A Response to IRS Penalty can help you argue a penalty, reduce it, and maybe even get it eliminated.

When to use a Response to IRS Penalty:

  • You have been assessed an IRS penalty and would like the penalty reduced or eliminated.
  • You have cause to request a review of the penalty assessment.

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IRS Form:

Tax Period:


To Whom It May Concern:


Enclosed is a copy of your notice dated , assessing a penalty on my for the , in the amount of . Upon reviewing the notice and my records, I have determined that the penalty may have been assessed for the following reason(s):


There certainly was no willful negligence involved on my part. I am addressing this issue by taking the following action: Therefore, I request that the penalty in the amount of be reduced due to reasonable cause.


Please contact me if you have any questions or need additional information. or


Thank you for your assistance.








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