Provide education and guidance on staying out of trouble with the IRS.
I am based in St. Petersburg, Florida. I do not provide services
related to bookkeeping, payroll, independent audits, reviews, compilations, or any other type of
Help Writing Form 990 Late Filing Penalty Abatement
If your organization has been assessed late filing penalties by the IRS, I can write an
abatement request letter on the organization's behalf. Many times, officers and directors of an
organization, or even the organization's CPA, do not feel they have the experience or capability of
writing an effective abatement request letter. When you are faced with thousands of dollars in
penalties you want to be SURE you get it right the first time.
I can't guarantee that any penalty abatement request letter I write on your behalf will be
successful. It depends on the facts and circumstances and the strength of your reasonable cause
argument. But I can tell you that I've had great success with my approach for many years.
In fact, I just received word from a client (November 24, 2009) that a letter I wrote on their
behalf resulted in the abatement of $44,730.70 in penalties for late filing of Form 990 for the
last 10 years. It was a complicated situation, but I determined that reasonable cause did exist and
the IRS agreed with my reasoning.
The cost for writing an abatement letter depends on the complexity of your argument,
but will usually range from $400 to $800.
To effectively write an abatement request letter on your behalf I'll need for you to contact me and send me copies of ALL notices from the IRS that
pertain to the penalty. Provide me with your email address and a phone number to contact you. I
will then ask you a series of questions to determine whether you have reasonable cause, what your
chances of success are, and what will be the best approach to take. Then I'll quote a fee to you,
which is payable in advance before I begin work.
After writing the letter, I'll send a draft copy to you for your approval and to make sure
everything I've said is an accurate representation of what actually happened. Once approved by you,
I'll sign the letter and mail it to the IRS using US Postal Service Certified mail. A response from
the IRS usually takes 2 to 4 months.