26 U.S. Code § 6722 - Failure to furnish correct payee statements

§ 6722.
Failure to furnish correct payee statements
(a) Imposition of penalty
(1) General rule

In the case of each failure described in paragraph (2) by any person with respect to a payee statement, such person shall pay a penalty of $250 for each statement with respect to which such a failure occurs, but the total amount imposed on such person for all such failures during any calendar year shall not exceed $3,000,000.

(2) Failures subject to penaltyFor purposes of paragraph (1), the failures described in this paragraph are—
(A)
any failure to furnish a payee statement on or before the date prescribed therefor to the person to whom such statement is required to be furnished, and
(B)
any failure to include all of the information required to be shown on a payee statement or the inclusion of incorrect information.
(b) Reduction where correction in specified period
(1) Correction within 30 daysIf any failure described in subsection (a)(2) is corrected on or before the day 30 days after the date prescribed for furnishing such statement—
(A)
the penalty imposed by subsection (a) shall be $50 in lieu of $250, and
(B)
the total amount imposed on the person for all such failures during any calendar year which are so corrected shall not exceed $500,000.
(2) Failures corrected on or before August 1If any failure described in subsection (a)(2) is corrected after the 30th day referred to in paragraph (1) but on or before August 1 of the calendar year in which the date prescribed for furnishing such statement occurs—
(A)
the penalty imposed by subsection (a) shall be $100 in lieu of $250, and
(B)
the total amount imposed on the person for all such failures during the calendar year which are so corrected shall not exceed $1,500,000.
(c) Exception for de minimis failures
(1) In generalIf—
(A)
a payee statement is furnished to the person to whom such statement is required to be furnished,
(B)
there is a failure described in subsection (a)(2)(B) (determined after the application of section 6724(a)) with respect to such statement, and
(C)
such failure is corrected on or before August 1 of the calendar year in which the date prescribed for furnishing such statement occurs,
for purposes of this section, such statement shall be treated as having been furnished with all of the correct required information.
(2) LimitationThe number of payee statements to which paragraph (1) applies for any calendar year shall not exceed the greater of—
(A)
10, or
(B)
one-half of 1 percent of the total number of payee statements required to be furnished by the person during the calendar year.
(d) Lower limitations for persons with gross receipts of not more than $5,000,000
(1) In generalIf any person meets the gross receipts test of paragraph (2) with respect to any calendar year, with respect to failures during such calendar year—
(A)
subsection (a)(1) shall be applied by substituting “$1,000,000” for “$3,000,000”,
(B)
subsection (b)(1)(B) shall be applied by substituting “$175,000” for “$500,000”, and
(C)
subsection (b)(2)(B) shall be applied by substituting “$500,000” for “$1,500,000”.
(2) Gross receipts test

A person meets the gross receipts test of this paragraph if such person meets the gross receipts test of section 6721(d)(2).

(e) Penalty in case of intentional disregardIf 1 or more failures to which subsection (a) applies are due to intentional disregard of the requirement to furnish a payee statement (or the correct information reporting requirement), then, with respect to each such failure—
(1)
subsections (b), (c), and (d) shall not apply,
(2) the penalty imposed under subsection (a)(1) shall be $500, or, if greater—
(A)
in the case of a payee statement other than a statement required under section 6045(b), 6041A(e) (in respect of a return required under section 6041A(b)), 6050H(d), 6050J(e), 6050K(b), or 6050L(c), 10 percent of the aggregate amount of the items required to be reported correctly, or
(B)
in the case of a payee statement required under section 6045(b), 6050K(b), or 6050L(c), 5 percent of the aggregate amount of the items required to be reported correctly, and
(3) in the case of any penalty determined under paragraph (2)—
(A)
the $3,000,000 limitation under subsection (a) shall not apply, and
(B)
such penalty shall not be taken into account in applying such limitation to penalties not determined under paragraph (2).
(f) Adjustment for inflation
(1) In general

In the case of any failure relating to a statement required to be furnished in a calendar year beginning after 2014, each of the dollar amounts under subsections (a), (b), (d)(1), and (e) 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 2011” for “calendar year 1992” in subparagraph (B) thereof.

(2) RoundingIf any amount adjusted under paragraph (1)—
(A)
is not less than $75,000 and is not a multiple of $500, such amount shall be rounded to the next lowest multiple of $500, and
(B)
is not described in subparagraph (A) and is not a multiple of $10, such amount shall be rounded to the next lowest multiple of $10.
Amendments

2015—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 114–27, § 806(e)(1), substituted “$250” for “$100” and “$3,000,000” for “$1,500,000”.

Subsec. (b)(1)(A). Pub. L. 114–27, § 806(e)(2)(A)(i), (ii), substituted “$50” for “$30” and “$250” for “$100”.

Subsec. (b)(1)(B). Pub. L. 114–27, § 806(e)(2)(A)(iii), substituted “$500,000” for “$250,000”.

Subsec. (b)(2)(A). Pub. L. 114–27, § 806(e)(2)(B)(i), (ii), substituted “$100” for “$60” and “$250” for “$100”.

Subsec. (b)(2)(B). Pub. L. 114–27, § 806(e)(2)(B)(iii), substituted “$1,500,000” for “$500,000”.

Subsec. (d)(1)(A). Pub. L. 114–27, § 806(e)(3)(A), substituted “$1,000,000” for “$500,000” and “$3,000,000” for “$1,500,000”.

Subsec. (d)(1)(B). Pub. L. 114–27, § 806(e)(3)(B), substituted “$175,000” for “$75,000” and “$500,000” for “$250,000”.

Subsec. (d)(1)(C). Pub. L. 114–27, § 806(e)(3)(C), substituted “$500,000” for “$200,000” and “$1,500,000” for “$500,000”.

Subsec. (e)(2). Pub. L. 114–27, § 806(e)(4)(A), substituted “$500” for “$250” in introductory provisions.

Subsec. (e)(3)(A). Pub. L. 114–27, § 806(e)(4)(B), substituted “$3,000,000” for “$1,500,000”.

2014—Subsecs. (b)(1), (2), (c)(1)(C). Pub. L. 113–295, § 207(a)(2), substituted “the date prescribed for furnishing such statement” for “the required filing date”.

Subsec. (c)(2)(B). Pub. L. 113–295, § 207(a)(3), substituted “furnished” for “filed”.

Subsec. (f)(1). Pub. L. 113–295, § 208(g), substituted “In the case of any failure relating to a statement required to be furnished in a calendar year beginning after 2014” for “For each fifth calendar year beginning after 2012”.

2010—Pub. L. 111–240 amended section generally. Prior to amendment, section related to: in subsec. (a), general rule for imposition of penalty for failure to furnish correct payee statements; in subsec. (b), failures subject to penalty; and, in subsec. (c), penalty in case of intentional disregard.

1989—Pub. L. 101–239 substituted “correct” for “certain” in section catchline and amended text generally, substituting subsecs. (a) to (c) for former subsec. (a) stating general rule and subsec. (b) relating to failure to notify partnership of exchange of partnership interest.

Effective Date of 2015 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 114–27 applicable with respect to returns and statements required to be filed after Dec. 31, 2015, see section 806(f) of Pub. L. 114–27, set out as a note under section 6721 of this title.

Effective Date of 2014 Amendment

Pub. L. 113–295, div. A, title II, § 207(b), Dec. 19, 2014, 128 Stat. 4028, provided that:

“The amendments made by this section [amending this section and provisions set out as a note under section 6721 of this title] shall take effect as if included in the provision of the Creating Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 [Pub. L. 111–240, title II] to which they relate.”

Amendment by section 208(g) of 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 2010 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 111–240 applicable with respect to information returns required to be filed, and payee statements required to be furnished, on or after Jan. 1, 2011, see section 2102(h) of Pub. L. 111–240, set out as a note under section 6721 of this title.

Effective Date of 1989 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 101–239 applicable to returns and statements the due date for which (determined without regard to extensions) is after Dec. 31, 1989, see section 7711(c) of Pub. L. 101–239, set out as a note under section 6721 of this title.

Effective Date

Section applicable to returns the due date for which (determined without regard to extensions) is after Dec. 31, 1986, see section 1501(e) of Pub. L. 99–514, set out as a note under section 6721 of this title.

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