26 U.S. Code § 6698 - Failure to file partnership return

§ 6698.
Failure to file partnership return
(a) General ruleIn addition to the penalty imposed by section 7203 (relating to willful failure to file return, supply information, or pay tax), if any partnership required to file a return under section 6031 for any taxable year—
fails to file such return at the time prescribed therefor (determined with regard to any extension of time for filing), or
files a return which fails to show the information required under section 6031,
such partnership shall be liable for a penalty determined under subsection (b) for each month (or fraction thereof) during which such failure continues (but not to exceed 12 months), unless it is shown that such failure is due to reasonable cause.
(b) Amount per monthFor purposes of subsection (a), the amount determined under this subsection for any month is the product of—
$195, multiplied by
the number of persons who were partners in the partnership during any part of the taxable year [1]
(c) Assessment of penalty

The penalty imposed by subsection (a) shall be assessed against the partnership.

(d) Deficiency procedures not to apply

Subchapter B of chapter 63 (relating to deficiency procedures for income, estate, gift, and certain excise taxes) shall not apply in respect of the assessment or collection of any penalty imposed by subsection (a).

(e) Adjustment for inflation
(1) In general

In the case of any return required to be filed in a calendar year beginning after 2014, the $195 dollar amount under subsection (b)(1) shall be increased by such dollar amount multiplied by the cost-of-living adjustment determined under section 1(f)(3) determined by substituting “calendar year 2013” for “calendar year 1992” in subparagraph (B) thereof.

(2) Rounding

If any amount adjusted under paragraph (1) is not a multiple of $5, such amount shall be rounded to the next lowest multiple of $5.

[1]  So in original. Probably should be followed by a period.

Another section 6698, formerly section 6694, relating to failure to file information with respect to carryover basis property, which was added by Pub. L. 94–455, § 2005(d)(2), was renumbered section 6698 by Pub. L. 95–600, renumbered section 6698A by Pub. L. 96–222, and repealed by Pub. L. 96–223.


2014—Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 113–295 added subsec. (e).

2009—Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 111–92 substituted “$195” for “$89”.

2008—Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 110–458 substituted “$89” for “$85”.

2007—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 110–142, § 8(a), substituted “12 months” for “5 months” in concluding provisions.

Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 110–142, § 8(b), substituted “$85” for “$50”.

Effective Date of 2014 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 113–295 applicable to returns required to be filed after Dec. 31, 2014, see section 208(h) of Pub. L. 113–295, set out as a note under section 6651 of this title.

Effective Date of 2009 Amendment

Pub. L. 111–92, § 16(b), Nov. 6, 2009, 123 Stat. 2996, provided that:

“The amendments made by this section [amending this section and section 6699 of this title] shall apply to returns for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2009.”

Effective Date of 2008 Amendment

Pub. L. 110–458, title I, § 127(b), Dec. 23, 2008, 122 Stat. 5116, provided that:

“The amendment made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall apply to returns required to be filed after December 31, 2008.”

Effective Date of 2007 Amendment

Pub. L. 110–142, § 8(d), Dec. 20, 2007, 121 Stat. 1807, provided that:

“The amendments made by subsections (a) and (b) [amending this section] shall apply to returns required to be filed after the date of the enactment of this Act [Dec. 20, 2007].”

Effective Date

Pub. L. 95–600, title II, § 211(c), Nov. 6, 1978, 92 Stat. 2818, provided that:

“The amendments made by this section [enacting this section] shall apply with respect to returns for taxable years beginning after December 31, 1978.”

Modification of Penalty for Failure To File Partnership Returns

Pub. L. 110–141, § 2, Dec. 19, 2007, 121 Stat. 1802, provided that:

“For any return of a partnership required to be filed under section 6031 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 for a taxable year beginning in 2008, the dollar amount in effect under section 6698(b)(1) of such Code shall be increased by $1.”

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