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Video instructions and help with filling out and completing Why Form 5495 Penalties

Instructions and Help about Why Form 5495 Penalties

I'm here today with attorney Anthony Parent and attorney Robert Henson to present the 2016 F Bar penalty guide. - Some topics we will cover are F Bar penalty mitigation, non-willful vs. willful filing, record-keeping penalties, caps on willfulness, audit years for large businesses and international vs. self-employed small businesses, criminal charges, F Bar appeals, F Bar litigation, and F Bar penalty installment agreements. - Let's begin with F Bar penalty mitigation. For most people, it is not hard to fulfill the requirements for mitigation. You need to have legal source income, meaning it cannot come from illegal activities like being an international drug lord. If you are involved in such activities, it is advised to keep the earnings in cash to avoid F Bar penalties. - Cooperation is also crucial. You should not try to hide information from the auditor and should come forward to resolve any issues. It is important to acknowledge the problem rather than pretend it doesn't exist. - If there is an underpayment of taxes related to an unreported account, it is essential to pay the underpayment to avoid fraud penalties. Additionally, you cannot have a previous F Bar penalty. - Moving on to non-willful vs. willful F Bar penalties, the willful penalty has been a topic of discussion for some time. It is calculated as 5% of the account value on the due date of the F Bar. However, there are ways to avoid this penalty if you act strategically. - The non-willful penalty is $10,000 per occurrence. There are ways to reduce this penalty as well. - The IRS determines willfulness based on circumstantial evidence. They consider factors such as opt-out letters, interviews, and information provided in Schedule B. It is difficult to prove someone's state of mind, but the IRS conducts interviews and investigates on a case-by-case basis. - Taxpayers...