IRS Penalty Abatement: Reasonable Cause & Removal of Penalties

1 Credits: Taxes


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IRS Penalty Abatement: Reasonable Cause & Removal of Penalties

Course Level
CPE Credits

1 Credits: Taxes

Course Description

Before this course, the concept of navigating IRS penalties and the Reasonable Cause criteria may seem overwhelming to many tax professionals. This course acts as a bridge, providing clear and concise guidance on the IRS Penalty Abatement Program. It delves into the utilization of the Internal Revenue Manual, IRC, Regulations, and case law to support clients’ reasonable cause arguments. The course offers a thorough understanding of the First Time Abatement Program, teaching attendees when and how to leverage it effectively. It also updates on Revenue Procedure 84-35 in the context of the new Partnership Audit Regime. Participants will learn to analyze reasonable cause issues, craft effective abatement and appeal letters, and correctly use Form 843. After completing this course, professionals will be well-prepared to assist their clients in reducing IRS penalties, turning a challenging situation into a manageable one with informed strategies and solutions.

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Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the glossary of terms to Know
  • Explain and depict Reasonable Cause Assistant {RCA}
  • Interpret First Time Abatement {FTA} Program and distinguish when to use and when not to
  • Explain Revenue Procedure 84-35 and will offer an update if still available since the new Partnership Audit Regime
  • Analyze, Discuss and translate Reasonable Cause issues for penalty abatement
  • Illustrate and present Abatement and or Appeal Letter Formats
  • Educate and discuss Form 843 and when to use
  • Enlighten on the procedure for filing and usage on Form 8275
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Course Specifics

Course ID
Revision Date
August 25, 2022


Advanced Preparation


Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220
IRS Provider Number: 0MYXB
IRS Course Number: 0MYXB-T-02058-22-O
IRS Federal Tax Law Credits: 1
CTEC Provider Number: 2071
CTEC Course Number: 2071-CE-1794
CTEC Federal Tax Law Credits: 1

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Meet The Experts

A.J. Reynolds, EA

A.J. Reynolds, EA has over thirty years of experience encompassing various areas of taxation. Though his practice centers on Individual, Business, and Estate Tax preparation, A.J. focuses a portion of his practice to IRS Representation. As diverse as his specializations, A.J.’s clientele, too, ranges from average workers to Fortune 500 executives. Additionally, A.J volunteers his time with the Iowa Legal Aid’s Managing Attorney assisting in Tax Court cases and assorted income tax issues. A.J. brings his everyday “in the trenches” experience to seminars and webinars for multiple organizations to assist attendees with real issues affecting tax professionals. A.J. started his …