Filing your income taxes late often results in a fine, but the IRS recognizes that there are legitimate circumstances that make it difficult or impossible to file on time and may waive the fines in those cases.
You may not need to pay a penalty if the IRS agrees you had a good reason for filing late. Some reasons the IRS accepts include:
- A natural disaster like a tornado, or other personal disasters like a fire.
- You tried, but were unable to obtain all the records you needed for filing.
- The taxpayer or a family member died, had a serious illness or unexpected absence, or was incapacitated in some other way.
There may be other reasons that kept you from meeting your tax obligation.