BEFORE THE UTAH STATE TAX COMMISSION
Petitioner, ) INFORMAL DECISION
COLLECTION DIVISION OF THE ) Appeal No. 94 -1442
UTAH STATE TAX COMMISSION, :
) Account No. XXXXX
Respondent. ) Tax Type: Withholding
STATEMENT OF CASE
This matter came before the Utah State Tax Commission pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act and the rules of the Utah State Tax Commission for informal proceedings. An informal hearing was held on XXXXX. Jane Phan, Administrative Law Judge, heard the matter for and on behalf of the Commission. Present and representing Petitioner by telephone conference call was XXXXX of XXXXX. Present and representing Respondent was XXXXX from the Legal Unit of the Collection Division.
Based upon the evidence and testimony in the file and presented at the informal hearing, the Commission makes its:
Penalties in the amount of $$$$$ and interest of approximately $$$$$ were assessed against Petitioner relating to withholding tax for the third quarter of XXXXX. Petitioner had requested a waiver of the penalties and interest from the Collection Division Waiver Unit which was denied. Petitioner now appeals this denial.
At the conference Petitioner's representative said that XXXXX, a firm of Certified Public Accountants, prepared and filed Petitioner's tax returns and had inadvertently overlooked the quarter in question. Petitioner's representative who worked for the accounting firm, stated, at the conference and by letter, that it was in no way the fault of the taxpayer but an error on the part of the accounting firm.
Respondent stated that other than the quarter at issue Petitioner had an excellent payment history with the Tax Commission and that Petitioner's reliance on a competent tax advisor was sufficient reasonable cause to waive the penalty.
The Tax Commission is granted the authority to waive, reduce, or compromise penalties and interest upon a showing of reasonable cause. (Utah Code Ann. '59-1-401(10).)
DECISION AND ORDER
The Tax Commission finds sufficient cause does exist to waive the penalty of $$$$$ relating to withholding tax for the third quarter of XXXXX.
DATED this 28 day of March, 1995.
BY ORDER OF THE UTAH STATE TAX COMMISSION.
W. Val Oveson Roger O. Tew
Joe B. Pacheco Alice Shearer
NOTICE: You have twenty (20) days after the date of a final order to file a Request for Reconsideration with the Commission. If you do not file a Request for Reconsideration with the Commission, you have thirty (30) days after the date of a final order to file a.) a Petition for Judicial Review in the Supreme Court, or b.) a Petition for Judicial Review by trial de novo in district court. (Utah Administrative Rule R861-1A-5(P) and Utah Code Ann. ' 63-46b-15.