Sample IRS Penalty Abatement Request Letter

Learn how to write an IRS penalty abatement request letter. Use our sample IRS penalty abatement request letter as a template for your abatement request letter

sample IRS penalty abatement request letter

Name of Tax Payer
SSN of Tax Payer
Address of Tax Payer
City, State, Zip Code


Internal Revenue Service Appeals Department
City, State, Zip Code

RE: Tax Return Penalty Appeal

To Whom It May Concern:

I received the enclosed letter that is dated DATE from you concerning a penalty I need to pay for the late filing of my income tax for the tax year YEAR. The letter states that I have the right to appeal this penalty, which is why I am writing this letter.

I filed late because my house burned to the ground the previous February destroying all of my financial papers. It took me several months to gather enough copies of the major documents to be able to file my income tax returns.

I have filled out all of the required forms and included them with this letter. I have also enclosed proof of the fire and proof that I contacted many people to get copies of my financial documents.

Kindly consider my situation and grant me a waiver of the penalty. I can be reached at Phone Number or at Email Address if you have any questions.


Signature of Tax Payer
Printed Name of Tax Payer
List of Enclosure

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