penalty

(redirected from Tax penalty)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.

penalty

A payment required as a result of breaking the law or sometimes for breaching the terms of a contract. Most contract drafters assiduously avoid the term because private penalties are not enforceable. Instead, contract drafters use the terms liquidated damages, delay payments, or late fees.Even the prepayment penalty is really not a penalty but compensation to a lender for the loss of income suffered when a loan is paid off earlier than the terms allow.

References in periodicals archive ?
The Tax Reform Act of 1969 (3) established a progressive tax rate structure based on taxpayers' filing status (e.g., single, married filing jointly (MFJ), or HOH), thus expanding and firmly embedding the marriage tax penalty within the tax system.
[H.sub.2] = There is a significant relationship between tax penalty and tax compliance.
Here are penalty abatement tips for the estimated tax penalty:
* Through the end of 2015 at the earliest, no excise tax penalty under section 4980D will be imposed for "any failure to satisfy the market reforms by a 2 percent shareholder-employee health care arrangement." In other words, through 2015, employer payment plans can remain in place for more than 2 percent shareholder-employees.
The new tax penalty for being uninsured known as the "shared responsibility payment" motivated many consumers to purchase insurance this year during the November 15February 15 openenrollment period via Covered California.
After incurring a tax penalty and prison time, the taxpayers faced the additional sanction of deportation as a result of the same tax offense.
TABLE 1 Affordable Care Act Tax Penalty HIGHER OF 2014 2015 2016 Penalty Based on Taxable Income 1.00% 2.00% 2.50% AND Penalty Based Per Adult $ 95.00 $ 325.00 $ 695.00 on Family Size Per Child Under 18 $ 47.50 $ 162.50 $ 347.00 Up to Per Family $ 285.00 $ 975.00 $2,085.00 HIGHER OF After 2016 Penalty Based on Taxable Income 2.50% AND Penalty Based Per Adult Annual Rate- on Family Size Per Child Under 18 of-Inflation Increases Per Family Source: Table is developed based on data from www.irs.gov.
Nonetheless, the court added: "It is only if the tax penalty is criminal in nature [...] that the principle preventing a person from being tried twice precludes criminal proceedings in respect of the same acts being brought against the same person."
Special consumption taxes constituted 688 million TL (431 million USD) of overall tax and tax penalty collection.
Many life insurance agents abhor the concept of using annuities for children's accounts or guardianships for juveniles because there could be a 10% tax penalty for taking the money out of the annuity.
But even assuming that all taxes (including tax penalties) are disincentives, all disincentives are deterrents, and so all taxes are deterrents, this does not answer the question of how effective a given tax penalty is.
In the report, the AICPA raises concerns regarding the current state of civil tax penalties and comments that, in the 20 years since the civil tax penalty system was last overhauled, numerous penalty provisions have been enacted that are not directed toward, and do not achieve, the core goal of encouraging voluntary compliance.