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Underpayment Penalty

A penalty that a taxpayer must pay if he/she fails to pay enough in estimated taxes and withholding. In order to reduce the incentive for persons and companies to pay taxes late, the IRS has instituted an underpayment penalty. In order to avoid the underpayment penalty, one must either pay 100% of his/her tax liability for the previous year or 90% of the liability for the current year.
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Withholdings: If quarterly tax payments and salary withholdings still leave a sizable tax burden due on April 17, then you're literally throwing money away in the form of underpayment penalties.
Attached to it were mandatory accuracy-related and underpayment penalties, as well as payment-failure and file-failure penalties, which often amounted to 50 per cent of the tax that was owed.
539 (2011), the IRS assessed substantial underpayment penalties on two commonly controlled corporations that failed to self-assess the personal holding company tax.
Thus, if the employer's taxes were underpaid because employment taxes were omitted, the IRS may assess underpayment penalties and interest.
TEI's overarching concerns with these regulations are the potential they pose for (1) substantially increasing compliance costs without a commensurate improvement in the quality of information supplied to the IRS, (2) increasing uncertainty for taxpayers, and (3) heightening the risk of underpayment penalties for foot faults relating to inadvertent failures to file disclosure statements for reportable transactions.
Because the estate had not used a qualified appraiser, relying instead only on the buy-sell agreement, they were liable for underpayment penalties.
What about underpayment penalties if taxpayers do not satisfy the safe-harbor rules?
Be sure you're properly paid up through withholding (usually the best way) or estimated payments to avoid underpayment penalties.
Adjusting these payments now will avoid underpayment penalties at year-end.
In addition, the net interest paid is treated as an income tax, and if not paid timely, is subject to underpayment penalties.
The supervisor was very understanding and had the CPA write a letter admitting the mistake, and stating under penalties of perjury that the taxpayer may be subject to underpayment penalties for 2001.