IRS penalty for underpayment increases to 8%

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The Internal Revenue Service has increased the penalty for tax underpayments, which has nearly tripled since 2021. This puts gig economy workers and consultants at the largest risk of having to pay more to Uncle Sam.

As of October 1, the IRS will now charge 8% interest on estimated tax underpayments, up from 3% two years ago, according to The Wall Street Journal. The penalties are largely applied to pay-as-you-go workers who do not have taxes withheld and fail to make estimated quarterly payments before filing their taxes in April.

Workers who do have taxes withheld would still be hit with the new higher penalty if they don’t accurately calculate and pay taxes on any additional income, as would people earning higher-than-expected dividend payments. Karla Dennis, a La Palma, Calif., enrolled agent, said taxpayers who change their withholding to get more weekly cash could also run into trouble.

The increased penalty came after the IRS collected $1.8 billion in underpayment penalties from some 12.2 million Americans in fiscal year 2022, the paper reported. The fines can be avoided by paying at least 90% of one’s tax bill before filing, or having less than a $1,000 difference — whichever sum is higher, according to the IRS.

Filers who pay 100% of the previous year’s tax bill would also be spared — a figure that rises to 110% for those who make more than $150,000 or married taxpayers who file separately and earn at least $75,000. “It’s a cautionary tale for individuals to think about as we get toward year-end. Are you where you should be?” Joseph Doerrer, a CPA and certified financial planner at Mezzasalma CPAs in Tinton Falls, NJ, told the Journal.

Sameet Durg, a Warren, NJ marketing executive, learned about the fines the hard way after owing a four-figure underpayment penalty on top of an already large tax bill because he simply failed to make any estimated payments. “Now I pay attention to taxes all year around. I don’t want the giant hit in April,” Durg, a client of Doerrer, told the paper.

The Internal Revenue Service has increased the penalty for tax underpayments, which has nearly tripled since 2021. This puts gig economy workers and consultants at the largest risk of having to pay more to Uncle Sam.

As of October 1, the IRS will now charge 8% interest on estimated tax underpayments, up from 3% two years ago, according to The Wall Street Journal. The penalties are largely applied to pay-as-you-go workers who do not have taxes withheld and fail to make estimated quarterly payments before filing their taxes in April.

Workers who do have taxes withheld would still be hit with the new higher penalty if they don’t accurately calculate and pay taxes on any additional income, as would people earning higher-than-expected dividend payments. Karla Dennis, a La Palma, Calif., enrolled agent, said taxpayers who change their withholding to get more weekly cash could also run into trouble.

The increased penalty came after the IRS collected $1.8 billion in underpayment penalties from some 12.2 million Americans in fiscal year 2022, the paper reported. The fines can be avoided by paying at least 90% of one’s tax bill before filing, or having less than a $1,000 difference — whichever sum is higher, according to the IRS.

Filers who pay 100% of the previous year’s tax bill would also be spared — a figure that rises to 110% for those who make more than $150,000 or married taxpayers who file separately and earn at least $75,000. “It’s a cautionary tale for individuals to think about as we get toward year-end. Are you where you should be?” Joseph Doerrer, a CPA and certified financial planner at Mezzasalma CPAs in Tinton Falls, NJ, told the Journal.

Sameet Durg, a Warren, NJ marketing executive, learned about the fines the hard way after owing a four-figure underpayment penalty on top of an already large tax bill because he simply failed to make any estimated payments. “Now I pay attention to taxes all year around. I don’t want the giant hit in April,” Durg, a client of Doerrer, told the paper.

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