The IRS loves to issue penalties to taxpayers. In fiscal year 2019, the IRS imposed a whopping $40.5 billion in civil penalties.1
If a taxpayer wants to contest an IRS penalty, it usually takes a really good explanation plus a lot of time and effort.
However, there is a little-known IRS policy that allows a taxpayer to get penalty relief with no explanations required.
Taxpayers who file returns late can quickly rack up huge penalty bills.