Penalty Relief and Schedule for ‘B’ Notices for Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions
Internal Revenue Bulletin: 2013-39 – Notice 2013-56
Transitional Penalty Relief and Schedule for Notices of Incorrect Name/TIN Combinations for Information Returns Relating to Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions
Notice 2013- 56 provides transitional relief from penalties for a section 6050W filer reporting incorrect taxpayer identification number (TIN) information on information returns (Form 1099-K) and payee statements filed under section 6050W of the Internal Revenue Code. The relief provided by this notice is available for certain errors on information returns and payee statements required to be filed or furnished in 2013, based on payments made in calendar year 2012, as well as certain returns and statements that are required to be filed or furnished in 2014, based on payments made in calendar year 2013, provided that the section 6050W filer makes a good faith effort to accurately file the appropriate information return and the accompanying payee statement.
In addition, this notice informs section 6050W filers that Internal Revenue Service (IRS) notices informing payors that payee name and TIN combinations are incorrect (CP2100/CP2100A Notices) will not be sent based on incorrect name and TIN combinations on Forms 1099-K due before January 1, 2014. The first CP2100 and CP2100A Notices with respect to payments subject to section 6050W will be sent in late 2014 based on incorrect name and TIN combinations on Forms 1099-K filed in 2014 for calendar year 2013 payments.
Sections 6721 and 6722 are applicable to section 6050W payors that must file information returns for payments made in settlement of reportable payment transactions. Prior to the enactment of section 6050W, payors were not required to file the specific type of information return or to furnish the specific type of payee statement now required by section 6050W. In order to provide additional time to develop appropriate procedures for compliance with these new reporting requirements, Notice 2011-89 provided that the IRS would not impose penalties under sections 6721 and 6722 on payors that must file information returns and furnish payee statements in 2012 based on payments made in calendar year 2011, provided that they make good-faith efforts in filing accurate Forms 1099-K and furnishing the accompanying payee statements. Since that time, the IRS has been made aware that payors subject to section 6050W reporting continue to experience greater than usual difficulty in obtaining correct name and TIN information from payees and in resolving name and TIN mismatches. Payors have requested additional transition penalty relief in order to enable them to resolve these issues.
After careful consideration of these comments, the Treasury Department and the IRS have decided to extend the penalty relief provided in Notice 2011-89 to certain errors on information returns and payee statements required to be filed and furnished in 2013 and 2014. Specifically, this notice provides relief from penalties under sections 6721 and 6722 for returns and statements required to be filed and furnished in 2013 based on payments made in calendar year 2012 if they have missing TINs, obviously incorrect TINs (as described in section 3406(h)(1)), and incorrect name and TIN combinations. In addition, this notice provides relief from penalties under sections 6721 and 6722 for returns and statements required to be filed and furnished in 2014 based on payments made in 2013, but only in cases where the 2013 Form 1099-K contains an incorrect name and TIN combination. Limiting penalty relief for 2013 Forms 1099-K to incorrect name and TIN combinations is warranted because more expansive penalty relief (i.e., relief from penalties for missing or obviously incorrect TINs) would be inconsistent with the payor’s backup withholding obligations, which were first effective for payments made on or after January 1, 2013.
This notice does not apply to a payor who erroneously fails to file an information return or payee statement.
Schedule for CP2100/CP2100A Notices
Payors have asked for guidance regarding when the IRS will begin sending CP2100/CP2100A Notices with respect to Forms 1099-K. This notice informs payors that the IRS will not issue CP2100/CP2100A Notices based on incorrect name and TIN combinations reported on Forms 1099-K due before 2014. The IRS will begin sending CP2100/CP2100A Notices with respect to Forms 1099-K in late 2014. These CP2100/CP2100A Notices will be based on incorrect name and TIN combinations reported on Forms 1099-K required to be filed in 2014 for calendar year 2013 payments.
CP2100/CP 2100A Notices are not necessary to trigger backup withholding if the payee either did not provide a TIN or provided an obviously incorrect TIN. Payors should continue to backup withhold on calendar year 2013 payments to payees who failed to provide a TIN or who provided an obviously incorrect TIN.