Code Section 6721
|Code Section||Effective Date||Name of Act||Name of Provision||10yr Revenue Estimate ($millions)|
|6721 and 6722||1/1/2011||The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010||Increase in information return penalties||421|
Increase in information return penalties
Explanation of Provision
The provision amends section 6721 to increase the first-tier penalty from $15 to $30, and increase the calendar year maximum from $75,000 to $250,000. The second-tier penalty is increased from $30 to $60, and the calendar year maximum is increased from $150,000 to $500,000. The third-tier penalty is increased from $50 to $100, and the calendar year maximum is increased from $250,000 to $1,500,000. For small business filers, the calendar year maximum is increased from $25,000 to $75,000 for the first-tier penalty, from $50,000 to $200,000 for the second-tier penalty, and from $100,000 to $500,000 for the third-tier penalty. The minimum penalty for each failure due to intentional disregard is increased from $100 to $250.
The penalty for failure to furnish a payee statement is revised to provide tiers and caps similar to those applicable to the penalty for failure to file the information return. A first-tier penalty is $30, subject to a maximum of $250,000; a second-tier penalty is $60 per statement, up to $500,000, and the third-tier penalty is $100, up to a maximum of $1,500,000. The penalty is also amended to provide limitations on penalties for small businesses and increased penalties for intentional disregard that parallel the penalty for failure to furnish information returns.
Both the failure to file and failure to furnish penalties will be adjusted to account for inflation every five years with the first adjustment to take place after 2012, effective for each year thereafter.
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