IRS Notice CP15 – Frivolous Penalty Charge | CP15 Letter from the IRS
Unfortunately, the CP15 notice of penalty charge is bad news.
Unlike other types of penalty notices you may receive, the notice of penalty CP15 means the IRS believes that you filed (or didn’t file) tax or informational returns, and that the the non-filing was frivolous.
Since the IRS deems the matter “frivolous” these types of penalties for non-filed tax returns or other informational returns can be bad.
IRS Notice CP15
The term frivolous is a bad word when it comes to taxes.
Because the term frivolous presumes that you did something knowingly or recklessly in order to avoid tax or reporting. As a result, the IRS is going to “penalize you first, and ask questions later.”
What Can You Do about a CP15 Notice?
The most important thing you can do, is to act timely in responding to the letter.
Generally, you will receive 10-days to respond. It may be a bit of an uphill battle to try to get this type of penalty removed, but not impossible.
You may need to make a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request in order to get information about your file (in high school, this would be equivalent to your “permanent record.”) In addition, you may seek to file a Collection Due Process Hearing request (CDP) or other appeal/hearing request.
Alternatively, you can submit payment of the penalty (to avoid late fees and interest from accruing), and then sue the IRS in federal court.
Out of Compliance BEFORE a Penalty was Issued?
If you are out of compliance before an IRS penalty was issued, you may consider entering one of the approved IRS Tax Amnesty programs to try to avoid a penalty being issued.
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