Q: My husband’s employer reported him and other new hires as being exempt from federal withholding when they claimed 0
No taxes were withheld so we now owe. Does he have any recourse?
A: Your husband will need to pay the taxes he owes. The IRS will be of the opinion that he should have noticed that taxes were not being withheld and corrected the issue. As far as the money that he owes, he can set up a collection alternative if he cannot pay the balance due. If the amount owed is significant I recommend that you seek the assistance of a tax attorney. Just stay away from the places you see advertised on tv and use a competent tax attorney. If the amount due is small and he can pay it, request a first-time penalty abatement from the IRS after he has paid the original tax due. He will still have to pay the interest but the IRS usually grants the penalty abatement if this is the first time a taxpayer has a balance due.
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