SIGNED 3/2/01


                                     BEFORE THE UTAH STATE TAX COMMISSION



PETITIONER,                                                 )    

)     ORDER

Petitioner,                                 )    

)     Appeal No.      00-1269

v.                                                                     )    

)     Account No.    #####

AUDITING DIVISION OF THE                    )

UTAH STATE TAX COMMISSION,            )     Tax Type:  Income Tax


Respondent.                             )     Judge:               Davis




G. Blaine Davis, Administrative Law Judge



For Petitioner:         PETITIONER

For Respondent:     Mr. Dan Engh, from the Auditing Division

Mr. Steve Nelson, from the Auditing Division



                                                      STATEMENT OF THE CASE

This matter came before the Commission on January 24, 2001 for a Status Conference and was therein converted to an Initial Hearing, to be conducted pursuant to the provisions of Utah Code Ann. '59-1-502.5.

When Petitioner filed his 1997 Utah income tax return, he used the telefile form, and took one-half of the wrong  item on line J as his federal tax deduction.  Based upon that, Respondent made an assessment to correct the amount of the tax, and imposed interest thereon.

Because of the problems with the design of the form, Petitioner has requested a waiver of the interest imposed upon the additional tax.

                                                              APPLICABLE LAW

The Tax Commission is granted the authority to waive, reduce, or compromise penalties and interest upon a showing of reasonable cause.  Utah Code Ann. '59-1-401(10).

                                                         DECISION AND ORDER

Based upon the foregoing, the Commission finds that sufficient cause has been shown to justify a waiver of the interest associated with the 1997 income tax return of Petitioner.  It is so ordered.

This decision does not limit a party's right to a Formal Hearing.  However, this Decision and Order will become the Final Decision and Order of the Commission unless any party to this case files a written request within thirty (30) days of the date of this decision to proceed to a Formal Hearing.  Such a request shall be mailed to the address listed below and must include the Petitioner's name, address, and appeal number:

                                                         Utah State Tax Commission

                                                                 Appeals Division

                                                             210 North 1950 West

                                                         Salt Lake City, Utah  84134

Failure to request a Formal Hearing will preclude any further appeal rights in this matter.

DATED this   2nd   day of   March  , 2001.



G. Blaine Davis

Administrative Law Judge



The  Commission has reviewed this case and the undersigned concur in this decision.

DATED this   2nd   day of   March  , 2001.



Pam Hendrickson                                                                     R. Bruce Johnson

Commission Chair                                                                    Commissioner



Palmer DePaulis                                                                       Marc B. Johnson

Commissioner                                                                           Commissioner