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Treasury Cuts Penalties for Taxpayers Who Got Confused About Withholding

  • Those who paid at least 80 percent of tax bill won’t be fined
  • 2017 GOP tax overhaul left some Americans with surprise bills
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The U.S. Treasury Department is again reducing penalties for taxpayers who didn’t pay enough of their tax bill throughout the year.

Taxpayers who paid at least 80 percent of their estimated tax liability for 2018 through paycheck withholding or quarterly estimated payments won’t face Internal Revenue Service penalties this year, a senior Treasury official told reporters Friday. Taxpayers typically pay fines if they don’t cover at least 90 percent of their tax liability during the year.