26 U.S. Code § 6695 - Other assessable penalties with respect to the preparation of tax returns for other persons

(a) Failure to furnish copy to taxpayer
Any person who is a tax return preparer with respect to any return or claim for refund who fails to comply with section 6107 (a) with respect to such return or claim shall pay a penalty of $50 for such failure, unless it is shown that such failure is due to reasonable cause and not due to willful neglect. The maximum penalty imposed under this subsection on any person with respect to documents filed during any calendar year shall not exceed $25,000.
(b) Failure to sign return
Any person who is a tax return preparer with respect to any return or claim for refund, who is required by regulations prescribed by the Secretary to sign such return or claim, and who fails to comply with such regulations with respect to such return or claim shall pay a penalty of $50 for such failure, unless it is shown that such failure is due to reasonable cause and not due to willful neglect. The maximum penalty imposed under this subsection on any person with respect to documents filed during any calendar year shall not exceed $25,000.
(c) Failure to furnish identifying number
Any person who is a tax return preparer with respect to any return or claim for refund and who fails to comply with section 6109 (a)(4) with respect to such return or claim shall pay a penalty of $50 for such failure, unless it is shown that such failure is due to reasonable cause and not due to willful neglect. The maximum penalty imposed under this subsection on any person with respect to documents filed during any calendar year shall not exceed $25,000.
(d) Failure to retain copy or list
Any person who is a tax return preparer with respect to any return or claim for refund who fails to comply with section 6107 (b) with respect to such return or claim shall pay a penalty of $50 for each such failure, unless it is shown that such failure is due to reasonable cause and not due to willful neglect. The maximum penalty imposed under this subsection on any person with respect to any return period shall not exceed $25,000.
(e) Failure to file correct information returns
Any person required to make a return under section 6060 who fails to comply with the requirements of such section shall pay a penalty of $50 for—
(1) each failure to file a return as required under such section, and
(2) each failure to set forth an item in the return as required under section,
unless it is shown that such failure is due to reasonable cause and not due to willful neglect. The maximum penalty imposed under this subsection on any person with respect to any return period shall not exceed $25,000.
(f) Negotiation of check
Any person who is a tax return preparer who endorses or otherwise negotiates (directly or through an agent) any check made in respect of the taxes imposed by this title which is issued to a taxpayer (other than the tax return preparer) shall pay a penalty of $500 with respect to each such check. The preceding sentence shall not apply with respect to the deposit by a bank (within the meaning of section 581) of the full amount of the check in the taxpayer’s account in such bank for the benefit of the taxpayer.
(g) Failure to be diligent in determining eligibility for earned income credit
Any person who is a tax return preparer with respect to any return or claim for refund who fails to comply with due diligence requirements imposed by the Secretary by regulations with respect to determining eligibility for, or the amount of, the credit allowable by section 32 shall pay a penalty of $500 for each such failure.

Source

(Added Pub. L. 94–455, title XII, § 1203(f),Oct. 4, 1976, 90 Stat. 1692; amended Pub. L. 95–600, title VII, § 701(cc)(1),Nov. 6, 1978, 92 Stat. 2923; Pub. L. 98–369, div. A, title I, § 179(b)(2),July 18, 1984, 98 Stat. 718; Pub. L. 99–44, § 1(b),May 24, 1985, 99 Stat. 77; Pub. L. 101–239, title VII, § 7733(a)–(d), Dec. 19, 1989, 103 Stat. 2402, 2403; Pub. L. 105–34, title X, § 1085(a)(2),Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 956; Pub. L. 110–28, title VIII, § 8246(a)(2)(G)(i), (ii),May 25, 2007, 121 Stat. 202; Pub. L. 112–41, title V, § 501(a),Oct. 21, 2011, 125 Stat. 459.)
Amendments

2011—Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 112–41substituted “$500” for “$100”.
2007—Pub. L. 110–28, § 8246(a)(2)(G)(i)(I), struck out “income” before “tax” in section catchline.
Subsecs. (a) to (d). Pub. L. 110–28, § 8246(a)(2)(G)(i)(II), substituted “a tax return preparer” for “an income tax return preparer”.
Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 110–28, § 8246(a)(2)(G)(i)(II), (ii), substituted “a tax return preparer” for “an income tax return preparer”, “this title” for “subtitle A”, and “the tax return preparer” for “the income tax return preparer”.
Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 110–28, § 8246(a)(2)(G)(i)(II), substituted “a tax return preparer” for “an income tax return preparer”.
1997—Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 105–34added subsec. (g).
1989—Subsecs. (a) to (c). Pub. L. 101–239, § 7733(a)–(c), substituted “$50” for “$25” and inserted at end “The maximum penalty imposed under this subsection on any person with respect to documents filed during any calendar year shall not exceed $25,000.”
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 101–239, § 7733(d), substituted “returns” for “return” in heading and amended text generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “Any person required to make a return under section 6060 who fails to comply with the requirements of such section shall pay a penalty of—
“(1) $100 for each failure to file a return as required under such section, and
“(2) $5 for each failure to set forth an item in the return as required under such section,
unless it is shown that such failure is due to reasonable cause and not due to willful neglect. The maximum penalty imposed under this subsection on any person with respect to any return period shall not exceed $20,000.”
1985—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 99–44repealed Pub. L. 98–369, § 179(b)(2), which amended subsec. (b), and provided that the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 [now 1986] [this title] shall be applied and administered as if section 179 (b)(2) (and the amendments made by such section) had not been enacted. See 1984 Amendment note and Effective Date of 1985 Amendment note below.
1984—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 98–369amended subsec. (b) generally, substituting provisions dealing with failure to inform taxpayer of certain recordkeeping requirements of section 274 (d) of this title or to sign returns, for provisions dealing with failure to sign returns. See 1985 Amendment note above.
1978—Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 95–600inserted provision relating to deposits by a bank.
Effective Date of 2011 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 112–41applicable to returns required to be filed after Dec. 31, 2011, see section 501(b) ofPub. L. 112–41, set out in a note under section 3805 of Title 19, Customs Duties.
Effective Date of 2007 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 110–28applicable to returns prepared after May 25, 2007, see section 8246(c) ofPub. L. 110–28, set out as a note under section 6060 of this title.
Effective Date of 1997 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 105–34applicable to taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 1996, see section 1085(e)(1) ofPub. L. 105–34, set out as a note under section 32 of this title.
Effective Date of 1989 Amendment

Pub. L. 101–239, title VII, § 7733(e),Dec. 19, 1989, 103 Stat. 2403, provided that: “The amendments made by this section [amending this section] shall apply to documents prepared after December 31, 1989.”
Effective Date of 1985 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 99–44effective as if included in the amendments made by section 179(b) ofPub. L. 98–369, see section 6(a) ofPub. L. 99–44, set out as a note under section 274 of this title.
Effective Date of 1984 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 98–369applicable to taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 1984, see section 179(d)(2) ofPub. L. 98–369, set out as an Effective Date note under section 280F of this title.
Effective Date of 1978 Amendment

Pub. L. 95–600, title VII, § 701(cc)(3),Nov. 6, 1978, 92 Stat. 2924, provided that: “The amendments made by this subsection [amending this section and section 7701 of this title] shall apply to documents prepared after December 31, 1976.”
Repeal of Regulations Covering Substantiation by Adequate Contemporaneous Records

Regulations issued before May 24, 1985, to carry out the amendment of subsec. (b) of this section by section 179(b)(2) ofPub. L. 98–369to have no force and effect, see section 1(c) ofPub. L. 99–44, set out as a note under section 274 of this title.

 

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