26 U.S. Code § 7603 - Service of summons

(a) In general
A summons issued under section 6420 (e)(2), 6421 (g)(2), 6427 (j)(2), or 7602 shall be served by the Secretary, by an attested copy delivered in hand to the person to whom it is directed, or left at his last and usual place of abode; and the certificate of service signed by the person serving the summons shall be evidence of the facts it states on the hearing of an application for the enforcement of the summons. When the summons requires the production of books, papers, records, or other data, it shall be sufficient if such books, papers, records, or other data are described with reasonable certainty.
(b) Service by mail to third-party recordkeepers
(1) In general
A summons referred to in subsection (a) for the production of books, papers, records, or other data by a third-party recordkeeper may also be served by certified or registered mail to the last known address of such recordkeeper.
(2) Third-party recordkeeper
For purposes of paragraph (1), the term “third-party recordkeeper” means—
(A) any mutual savings bank, cooperative bank, domestic building and loan association, or other savings institution chartered and supervised as a savings and loan or similar association under Federal or State law, any bank (as defined in section 581), or any credit union (within the meaning of section 501 (c)(14)(A)),
(B) any consumer reporting agency (as defined under section 603(f) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (15 U.S.C. 1681a (f))),
(C) any person extending credit through the use of credit cards or similar devices,
(D) any broker (as defined in section 3(a)(4) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78c (a)(4))),
(E) any attorney,
(F) any accountant,
(G) any barter exchange (as defined in section 6045 (c)(3)),
(H) any regulated investment company (as defined in section 851) and any agent of such regulated investment company when acting as an agent thereof,
(I) any enrolled agent, and
(J) any owner or developer of a computer software source code (as defined in section 7612 (d)(2)).
Subparagraph (J) shall apply only with respect to a summons requiring the production of the source code referred to in subparagraph (J) or the program and data described in section 7612 (b)(1)(A)(ii) to which such source code relates.

Source

(Aug. 16, 1954, ch. 736, 68A Stat. 902; Apr. 2, 1956, ch. 160, § 4(i),70 Stat. 91; June 29, 1956, ch. 462, title II, § 208(d)(4),70 Stat. 396; Pub. L. 89–44, title II, § 202(c)(4),June 21, 1965, 79 Stat. 139; Pub. L. 91–258, title II, § 207(d)(9),May 21, 1970, 84 Stat. 249; Pub. L. 94–455, title XIX, § 1906(b)(13)(A),Oct. 4, 1976, 90 Stat. 1834; Pub. L. 94–530, § 1(c)(6),Oct. 17, 1976, 90 Stat. 2488; Pub. L. 95–599, title V, § 505(c)(5),Nov. 6, 1978, 92 Stat. 2760; Pub. L. 96–223, title II, § 232(d)(4)(E),Apr. 2, 1980, 94 Stat. 278; Pub. L. 97–424, title V, § 515(b)(12),Jan. 6, 1983, 96 Stat. 2182; Pub. L. 98–369, div. A, title IX, § 911(d)(2)(G),July 18, 1984, 98 Stat. 1007; Pub. L. 99–514, title XVII, § 1703(e)(2)(G),Oct. 22, 1986, 100 Stat. 2778; Pub. L. 100–647, title I, § 1017(c)(9), (12),Nov. 10, 1988, 102 Stat. 3576, 3577; Pub. L. 105–206, title III, §§ 3413(c), 3416(a),July 22, 1998, 112 Stat. 754, 756; Pub. L. 106–554, § 1(a)(7) [title III, § 319(26)], Dec. 21, 2000, 114 Stat. 2763, 2763A–648.)
Amendments

2000—Subsec. (b)(2)(A) to (G). Pub. L. 106–554substituted a comma for semicolon at end.
1998—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105–206, § 3416(a), designated existing provisions as subsec. (a) and inserted heading.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 105–206, § 3416(a), added subsec. (b).
Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 105–206, § 3413(c), added subpar. (J) and concluding provisions.
1988—Pub. L. 100–647, § 1017(c)(12), made technical correction to language of Pub. L. 99–514, § 1703(e)(2)(G), see 1986 Amendment note below.
Pub. L. 100–647, § 1017(c)(9), substituted “6421(g)(2)” for “6421(f)(2)”.
1986—Pub. L. 99–514, as amended by Pub. L. 100–647, § 1017(c)(12), substituted “6427(j)(2)” for “6427(i)(2)”.
1984—Pub. L. 98–369substituted “6427(i)(2)” for “6427(h)(2)”.
1983—Pub. L. 97–424struck out “6424(d)(2),” after “6421(f)(2),”.
1980—Pub. L. 96–223substituted “6427(h)(2)” for “6427(g)(2)”.
1978—Pub. L. 95–599substituted “6427(g)(2)” for “6427(f)(2)”.
1976—Pub. L. 94–530substituted “6427(f)(2)” for “6427(e)(2)”.
Pub. L. 94–455struck out “or his delegate” after “Secretary”.
1970—Pub. L. 91–258inserted reference to section 6427 (e)(2).
1965—Pub. L. 89–44inserted reference to section 6424 (d)(2).
1956—Act June 29, 1956, inserted reference to section 6421 (f)(2).
Act Apr. 2, 1956, inserted reference to section 6420 (e)(2).
Effective Date of 1998 Amendment

Amendment by section 3413(c) ofPub. L. 105–206applicable to summonses issued, and software acquired, after July 22, 1998, see section 3413(e)(1) ofPub. L. 105–206, set out as an Effective Date note under section 7612 of this title.
Pub. L. 105–206, title III, § 3416(b),July 22, 1998, 112 Stat. 757, provided that: “The amendment made by this section [amending this section] shall apply to summonses served after the date of the enactment of this Act [July 22, 1998].”
Effective Date of 1988 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 100–647effective, except as otherwise provided, as if included in the provision of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, Pub. L. 99–514, to which such amendment relates, see section 1019(a) ofPub. L. 100–647, set out as a note under section 1 of this title.
Effective Date of 1986 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 99–514applicable to gasoline removed (as defined in section 4082 of this title as amended by section 1703 ofPub. L. 99–514) after Dec. 31, 1987, see section 1703(h) ofPub. L. 99–514, set out as a note under section 4081 of this title.
Effective Date of 1984 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 98–369effective Aug. 1, 1984, see section 911(e) ofPub. L. 98–369, set out as a note under section 6427 of this title.
Effective Date of 1983 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 97–424applicable with respect to articles sold after Jan. 6, 1983, see section 515(c) ofPub. L. 97–424, set out as a note under section 34 of this title.
Effective Date of 1980 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 96–223effective Jan. 1, 1979, see section 232(h)(2) ofPub. L. 96–223, set out as a note under section 6427 of this title.
Effective Date of 1978 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 95–599effective Jan. 1, 1979, see section 505(d) ofPub. L. 95–599, set out as a note under section 6427 of this title.
Effective Date of 1976 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 94–530effective Oct. 1, 1976, see section 1(d) ofPub. L. 94–530, set out as a note under section 4041 of this title.
Effective Date of 1970 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 91–258effective July 1, 1970, see section 211(a) ofPub. L. 91–258, set out as a note under section 4041 of this title.
Effective Date of 1965 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 89–44effective Jan. 1, 1966, see section 701(a)(1), (2), ofPub. L. 89–44, set out as a note under section 4161 of this title.
Effective Date of 1956 Amendment

Amendment by act June 29, 1956, effective June 29, 1956, see section 211 of act June 29, 1956, set out as a note under section 4041 of this title.

 

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