This year the IRS was not ready to begin receiving and processing 2012 tax returns when they normally do so. In fact, they’re still not ready. The IRS has been making last minute changes stemming from the American Taxpayer Relief Act which, by the way, has such a nifty name. Where exactly is the tax relief in this legislation?
The IRS doesn’t appear to be ready for forms commonly filed by fishermen and farmers either. Form 4562 and the processing systems involved need “extensive programming and testing” according to the IRS. Another unintended consequence of the American Taxpayer Relief Act.
And the estimated tax normally required by March 1st can be paid up until April 15th without incurring a penalty this year. It does not look like merit-based penalty relief; all you have to do is “ask.” However, it is important for farmers and fishermen to know that this penalty relief does not come automatically. They will need to submit a penalty waiver (Form 2210-F) with their tax return.