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Amended Income Tax Question, How much in penalties?

League City, TX |

I did several jobs last year and was paid in cash. I am having remorse because I did not claim them on my tax return. I would like to come clean and claim it and pay the taxes due. The jobs totaled around $40,000, Does anyone has an estimation of what my penalties and interest will be?

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Attorney answers 3


Generally, the late filing penalty is 5% of the amount of unpaid tax per month the return is late, up to a maximum of 25% - interest is running at 3%

I hope this helps.
Steven A. Leahy

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Steven Anderson Leahy

Steven Anderson Leahy


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As Attorney Leahy points out, this depends more on your tax liability than your income. You will have deductions, and withholding. If you ended up owing nothing, there would be no penalty. The penalty is based on what was unpaid as of the filing date. Withholding from the year is considered paid on the filing date.

Christopher Larson
Insight Law


If I understand properly you filed but didn't claim all of your Income. You will not be penalized for the underreporting providing you amend the return prior to the IRS catching.g your mistake. The new balance will be subject to penalties and interest as previously noted.

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