Sad but true, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has unilaterally decided that New Yorkers must pay excessive penalties – even when they’re not at fault. Specifically, the Tax Department recently announced “Reliance on the advice of an accountant is no longer acceptable as reasonable cause for abatement of penalty” Apparently taking away people’s drivers licenses wasn’t enough, and as such, the State felt it should also circumvent your right raise an affirmative defense.
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