Biden Plan Gives IRS More Leeway to Impose Tax Penalties

June 7, 2021, 8:46 AM

The Biden administration’s proposal to give the Internal Revenue Service more authority to impose tax penalties has tax attorneys concerned about the potential ramifications.

The changes, included in the latest “Greenbook,” would allow the IRS to approve penalties for tax violations at any time before assessment for cases not subject to Tax Court review and would eliminate the requirement for written approval of accuracy-related and fraud penalties. Any supervisory official would also be allowed to approve the penalties. That would mark a major shift: Current law says IRS employees must get written approval from their immediate ...

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