BEFORE THE UTAH STATE TAX COMMISSION
Petitioner, ) INFORMAL DECISION
COLLECTION DIVISION OF THE ) Appeal No. 94-1457
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. Although Petitioner had been given notice of the date and time of the hearing, Petitioner did not attend. Present and representing Respondent was XXXXX.
Based upon the evidence in the file and presented at the Informal Hearing, the Commission makes its:
Penalties in the amount of $$$$$ and interest of approximately $$$$$ were assessed against Petitioner relating to withholding tax for the fourth quarter of XXXXX. The underlying amount of withholding tax owed was $$$$$. Petitioner had requested a waiver of the penalties and interest from the Collection Division Waiver Unit which was denied. Petitioner now appeals this denial.
In the letter submitted by Petitioner requesting this appeal, the representative for Petitioner explained that she had thought that she filed and paid the required payment timely with the other quarterly filings. When she received the non filing notice she found that she had attached the form and payment to the file copy instead of mailing it to the Tax Commission.
Respondent stated that this was the first error made by Petitioner in filing or payment of withholding taxes and for this reason recommended waiving the penalty and interest.
The Tax Commission is granted the authority to waive, reduce, or compromise penalties and interest upon a showing of reasonable cause. (Utah Code Ann. '59-1-401(10).)
DECISION AND ORDER
The Tax Commission finds sufficient cause does exist to waive the $$$$$ penalty and approximately $$$$$ in interest relating to withholding tax for the fourth quarter of XXXXX.
DATED this 11 day of April, 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.)