/UCW/ FORT LEE, NJ – Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:) (“Pioneer” or the “Company”), a company engaged in the manufacture, sale and service of electrical transmission, distribution and on-site power generation equipment, today announced that the Internal Revenue Service has granted an abatement for $1.2 million in previously accrued penalties related to the Company’s delinquent federal payroll tax obligations. The abatement covers 100% of the accrued penalties from Pioneer Power Solutions (Corporate), Pioneer CEP, and Jefferson Electric, with accrued penalties for Pioneer Critical Power, Inc. still being reviewed by the IRS for potential abatement. The remaining accrued penalty represents less than $100,000.
As previously disclosed, beginning in the third quarter of 2015 and in future quarters, Pioneer recognized charges of approximately $1.8 million for estimated accrued interest and potential penalties for failure to timely file, deposit and pay employer’s federal tax returns and make associated payroll tax payments, while seeking abatement with the IRS. Subsequently, the Company negotiated installment agreements to pay all taxes and interest. The abatement notifications were received on October 24, 2016.
Mr. Thomas Klink, Pioneer’s Chief Financial Officer, said, “We are glad to resolve this issue, and pleased the IRS was willing to grant this abatement. The reversal of the accrued penalties will be recognized by Pioneer during our fourth fiscal quarter, the period ending December 31, 2016.”
About Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc.
Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc. manufactures, sells and services a broad range of specialty electrical transmission, distribution and on-site power generation equipment for applications in the utility, industrial, commercial and backup power markets. The Company’s principal products and services include custom-engineered electrical transformers, low and medium voltage switchgear and engine-generator sets and controls, complemented by a national field-service organization to maintain and repair power generation assets. Pioneer is headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey and operates from 14 additional locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico for manufacturing, centralized distribution, engineering, sales, service and administration. To learn more about Pioneer, please visit its website at www.pioneerpowersolutions.com.
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Brett Maas, Managing Partner