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Course Description

Each day the IRS asserts millions of dollars in tax penalties against taxpayers. Many of those penalties are subsequently abated because of quality representation by experienced practitioners. This class will cover the basics of supporting reduction of IRS tax penalties. Topics covered include reasonable cause for late filing and late payment, ordinary business care and prudence, and IRS preferred reasons for abatement of penalties. This course will also give a practical approach to seeking abatement of penalties.


Robert (Bob) E. McKenzie, EA, Esq.

Robert (Bob) E. McKenzie, EA, Esq., is a partner of the law firm of Arnstein & Lehr LLP of Chicago, Illinois, concentrating his practice in representation before the IRS and state tax agencies. He has lectured extensively on the subject of taxation and has made numerous media appearances, including on Dateline NBC and ABC World News Tonight.

Bob has been elected to the American College of Tax Counsel where he serves as secretary/treasurer of its board of regents. Prior to entering private practice, he was employed by the IRS Collection Division in Chicago, Illinois. From 2009–2011, Bob served as a member of the IRS Advisory Council (IRSAC), a group appointed by the IRS Commissioner.

Bob is the author of Representation Before the Collection Division of the IRS as well as the coauthor of Representing the Audited Taxpayer Before the IRS and Representation Before the United States Tax Court.

Course Specifics

Apr 23, 2018

Compliance Information

IRS Provider #: OMYXB
IRS Course ID: 0MYXB-T-01272-18-O
IRS Federal Tax Law Credits: 2
CTEC Provider #: 2071
CTEC Course ID: 2071-CE-1219
CTEC Federal Tax Law Credits: 2
Qualifies for CA Fraud: No

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify ways to reduce tax penalties asserted by the IRS against your clients
  • Cite the methods to compute failure to pay, failure to file, and FTD penalties
  • Identify the IRS preferred reasons for abating penalties
  • List the methods to appeal penalties

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