For information call now:
Internal Revenue Service
Austin Service Center
P.O. Box 149342
Austin, TX 78714-9342
If you do not file your return and pay your tax by the due
date, you may have to pay a penalty. You may also have to pay a penalty if you
substantially understate your tax, file a frivolous tax submission, or fail to
supply your taxpayer identification number.
If you provide fraudulent information on your return, you may have to pay a
civil fraud penalty:
over 60 days late
Paying tax late
Filing erroneous claim for refund or credit
Failure to supply taxpayer identification number
Note. You will not have to pay a penalty if you show a good
reason (reasonable cause) for the way you treated an item. You must also show
that you acted in good faith.
You may be subject to criminal prosecution (brought to trial)
for actions such as:
1. Tax evasion,
2. Willful failure to file a return, supply information, or pay any tax due,
3. Fraud and false statements, or
4. Preparing and filing a fraudulent return.
Substantial understatement of income tax. You understate your
tax if the tax shown on your return is less than the correct tax. The
understatement is substantial if it is more than the larger of 10% of the
correct tax or $5,000.
However, the amount of the understatement is reduced to the extent the
understatement is due to:
1. Substantial authority, or
2. Adequate disclosure and a reasonable basis.
If an item on your return is attributable to a tax shelter, there is no
reduction for an adequate disclosure. However, there is a reduction for a
position with substantial authority, but only if you reasonably believed that
your tax treatment was more likely than not the proper treatment.