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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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The waiver of underpayment penalties in some circumstances could be especially helpful given the confusion early in 2018 surrounding the official withholding tables that the IRS provided to employers -- and could avoid what would likely be an uproar among unsuspecting taxpayers who could have suffered as a result.
Taxpayers must pay their taxes throughout the year either through payroll withholding or by making quarterly estimated payments; otherwise, tax underpayment penalties are assessed.
Additionally, if your income increased significantly after August 31,2015, your tax preparer may be able to reduce underpayment penalties by annualizing your estimated tax liability.
Moreover, if you are expecting an increase in profitability because of lower oil prices (or for any other reason), you should review your estimated tax strategy to make sure you avoid 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.
* Underpayment penalties. FICA and FUTA are reported on an employer's personal income tax return and deemed part of the employer's personal income taxes.
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.
It is possible for some taxpayers to avoid or reduce underpayment penalties by contributing to an IRA and thus reducing their taxes owed.
* What would determine liability for underpayment penalties? The buyback agreements included not only buyback agreements for corporate stock but also the buyback provisions included in partnership agreements.
* 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. This area used to be simple, but now the old advice of paying in at least the same as last year may not work for some people.