Payment Plans & Penalty Abatements

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Sales Tax Payment Plans (IPA)

If you owe the government money for unpaid sales and use taxes, it is possible to get a payment plan with them. These payment plans are commonly called Installment Payment Agreements (IPAs.) The government may require a significant amount of corporate and personal financial disclosures prior to agreeing to an installment payment agreement. In addition, the government often files a tax lien against you to secure the tax debt.

We can work with you to help minimize the amount of paperwork, time and disclosures needed to setup an IPA. In addition, with our expertise we can explain and help document why the government should give you the longest payment plan allowed.

We have been very successful in negotiating installment payment agreements with the state that do not require the filing of a tax lien against the responsible persons. This can be critical in preserving an individual’s credit score and business standing. In addition, we can work with you to target corporate payments, to insure they are applied toward the portion of a sales and use tax assessment that is also a personal liability.

Sales Tax Penalty Abatements

A simple, honest mistake relating to sales and use taxes can result in thousands of dollars of penalties. The government is quick to impose penalties, but slow to abatement them. Generally, a taxpayer must show that “reasonable cause” exists for the abatement of a sales and use tax penalty. The government is quick to assume that “willful neglect” led to the mistake. However, you and your business should never just pay a penalty without first considering if there are grounds to get that sales tax penalty abated.

In order to obtain penalty abatement you must show that the error resulted from a “reasonable cause” rather than “willful neglect.” We will work with you and your business to develop, document, and present to the government the grounds (reasonable cause) for penalty abatement. We will follow through and elevate the penalty abatement request to supervisors or hearing officers whenever necessary.

Never pay a penalty without first questioning whether reasonable cause exists for its abatement. Penalties and interest on tax assessments can quickly put a profitable business out of business. In some cases, the owners and corporate officers can be personally liable for the payment of the sales and use tax penalties. We will do everything possible to obtain penalty abatement on your behalf.

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