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May 16, 2016

IRS Sent Out Erroneous Failure to Deposit Notices

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — Vision @ 10:54 am

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has sent out an e-mail to the payroll industry indicating that it sent out erroneous Failure to Deposit Notices. Following is the text of that e-mail:

Here is important information regarding notices for Failure to Deposit penalties which may have been sent in error. Please share with your clients as appropriate.

Some monthly and daily deposits of payroll taxes are being treated as late in error.

Due to the observed holiday on April 15, 2016, (Washington DC Emancipation Day), deposits were not due until April 18, 2016. IRS recently identified a programming error causing deposits made after April 15, 2016, to be considered late, even though they were made timely by April 18, 2016. In some instances, taxpayers were assessed failure to deposit penalties as a result.

IRS is working to resolve the issue and correct the erroneous penalty assessments in the near future. No taxpayer action is required at this time. Those affected will receive correspondence when the issue is resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The notice in question, is generally titled, Your Federal Tax Deposit wasn’t submitted correctly. In the bottom section, it will list the Date due as 04/15/2016 and the Date received as 04/18/2016. At this time, you may ignore any such notice and the IRS will issue correspondence to correct the erroneous notices. Please contact Vision Payroll if you have any further questions.

March 3, 2014

IRS Sends EFTPS Inquiry PINs to Taxpayers

IRS Recommends Monitoring Your Tax Payments

IRS Recommends Monitoring Your Tax Payments

In a letter dated February 20, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sent EFTPS Inquiry PINs to taxpayers whose tax professional enrolled them in the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). EFTPS is the system through which federal tax payments are made for employment taxes and many other tax types. The letter does not mean that your tax professional has not made payments; it communicates that taxpayers should review their account regularly to ensure payments are being made.

Form 8655 Authorizes Reporting Agents to Make Deposits and Payments on Behalf of Taxpayers

Taxpayers can authorize reporting agents to perform certain functions on behalf of the taxpayers. Form 8655 can be used to authorize a reporting agent to do the following:

  • Sign and file certain returns.
  • Make deposits and payments for certain returns.
  • Receive duplicate copies of tax information, notices, and other written and/or electronic communication regarding any authority granted.
  • Provide IRS with information to aid in penalty relief determinations related to the authority granted on Form 8655.

The IRS, as stated in the letter, “recommends you monitor your EFTPS account to ensure your tax professional is making timely tax payments for you.” The PIN provided by EFTPS in the letter is called an “EFTPS Inquiry PIN” and will allow you to make inquiries on EFTPS to see if your tax professional is making the payments on your behalf as they reported to you. It does not allow you to make payments, only inquiries.

Employers Remain Responsible to Ensure Tax Payments Are Made and Returns Are Filed

Even if an employer authorizes a tax professional to make payments and file returns on its behalf, the employer remains responsible for the timely filing of employment tax returns and the timely payment of employment taxes.

Vision Payroll Recommends Monitoring Your Account Regularly

Vision Payroll recommends that taxpayers regularly review payments made through the EFTPS system using their EFTPS Inquiry PIN. By checking the payments no less frequently than monthly, and more often if needed, taxpayers can ensure that their tax payments are being made by their tax professional.

Contact Vision Payroll today.

Contact Vision Payroll if you have further questions on IRS Letter 5144, the provision of an EFTPS Inquiry PIN, a copy of which is provided below.

Text of IRS Letter 5144

Dear Taxpayer:

Your tax professional enrolled you in the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to make tax deposits or payments on your behalf. EFTPS is a free service of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

The IRS recommends you monitor your EFTPS account to ensure your tax professional is making timely tax payments for you. To view your payment history at EFTPS.gov, you will need to create a password using the following inquiry PIN and enrollment number. At EFTPS.gov, click on “My Profile” then “Need a Password,” and enter the following information.

Your EFTPS Inquiry PIN is:

####

Your Enrollment Number is:

##################

NOTE: You cannot make a payment using this PIN.

If you already have an active inquiry PIN and password, you may continue to use those to view your payment history and not activate this new enrollment.

You’re responsible for the timely filing of employment tax returns and the timely payment of employment taxes for your employees, even if you’ve authorized a third party to do these for you. If the third party fails to make the federal tax payments, the IRS may assess penalties and interest on your account. You are liable for all taxes, penalties and interest due. The IRS can also hold you personally liable for certain unpaid federal taxes.

Please use your Inquiry PIN regularly to monitor your payment history, if the Inquiry PIN is inactive for a period of 12 consecutive months, it will be terminated. Use your TIN, PIN and Enrollment Number if you have questions about your EFTPS enrollment.

If you need assistance, call customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1.800.991.2245. If you are calling from outside the U.S., call1.303.967.5916.

Protect your identity. Never give out your PIN or password.

November 21, 2012

Tip of the Week: IRS Increases Standard Mileage Rate to 56.5 Cents per Mile for 2013

IRS Increases Standard Mileage Rate to 56.5 Cents per Mile for 2013
IRS Increases Standard Mileage Rate to 56.5 Cents per Mile for 2013
The standard mileage rates for the use of automobiles beginning January 1, 2013 will be 56.5 cents per mile for business miles driven and 24 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes the Internal Revenue Service announced in Notice 2012-72 and News Release IR-2012-95.

Both Rates Are Higher than 2012 Rates

The new rates are changed from 55.5 cents per mile for business travel and 23 cents per mile for moving and medical travel for 2012.

Charitable Rate Remains Unchanged

The rate for miles driven in service of charitable organizations remains the same at 14 cents per mile.

Contact Vision Payroll for More Information on 2013 Mileage Rates

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on 2013 mileage rates or visit our Important Facts and Figures page for further information.

September 20, 2011

PA Taxpayers Receive Extension of Time to File Returns and Pay Taxes

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Tropical Storm Lee, Courtesy of NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Tropical Storm Lee, Courtesy of NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Due to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Lee in Pennsylvania beginning on September 3, 2011, President Barack Obama declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Adams, Bradford, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, Wyoming, and York. Individuals who reside or have a business in these counties may qualify for tax relief.

Declaration Leads to Extension of Payroll Tax and Other Deadlines

Therefore, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced recently that it will waive failure to deposit penalties for employment and excise taxes due after September 2, 2011 and before September 20, 2011 as long as the deposits were made by September 19, 2011. In addition, affected taxpayers have until October 31, 2011 to file most tax returns.

Vision Payroll Is Here to Help Affected Taxpayers with Payroll Tax Issues

Contact Vision Payroll if you were affected by Tropical Storm Lee and need further information on the relief provided by the IRS.

September 19, 2011

NY Taxpayers Receive Extension of Time to File Returns and Pay Taxes

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NY Taxpayers Receive Extension of Time to File Returns and Pay Taxes
NY Taxpayers Receive Extension of Time to File Returns and Pay Taxes
Due to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Lee in New York beginning on September 7, 2011, President Barack Obama declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Tioga. Individuals who reside or have a business in these counties may qualify for tax relief.

Declaration Leads to Extension of Payroll Tax and Other Deadlines

Therefore, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced recently that it will waive failure to deposit penalties for employment and excise taxes due after September 6, 2011 and before September 23, 2011 as long as the deposits are made by September 22, 2011. In addition, affected taxpayers have until October 31, 2011 to file most tax returns.

Vision Payroll Is Here to Help Affected Taxpayers with Payroll Tax Issues

Contact Vision Payroll if you were affected by Tropical Storm Lee and need further information on the relief provided by the IRS.

September 18, 2011

TX Taxpayers Receive Extension of Time to File Returns and Pay Taxes

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TX Taxpayers Receive Extension of Time to File Returns and Pay Taxes
TX Taxpayers Receive Extension of Time to File Returns and Pay Taxes
Due to the damage caused by wildfires in Texas beginning on August 30, 2011, President Barack Obama declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Bastrop, Colorado, Gregg, Grimes, Houston, Leon, Montgomery, Travis, Walker, Waller, and Williamson. Individuals who reside or have a business in these counties may qualify for tax relief.

Declaration Leads to Extension of Payroll Tax and Other Deadlines

Therefore, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced recently that it will waive failure to deposit penalties for employment and excise taxes due after August 29, 2011 and before September 15, 2011 as long as the deposits were made by September 14, 2011. In addition, affected taxpayers have until October 31, 2011 to file most tax returns.

Vision Payroll Is Here to Help Affected Taxpayers with Payroll Tax Issues

Contact Vision Payroll if you were affected by Texas wildfires and need further information on the relief provided by the IRS.

September 17, 2011

PA Taxpayers Affected by Hurricane Irene Receive Extension of Time to File Returns and Pay Taxes

Hurricane Irene, Courtesy of NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Hurricane Irene, Courtesy of NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Irene in Pennsylvania beginning on August 26, 2011, President Barack Obama declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Sullivan, and Wyoming. Individuals who reside or have a business in these counties may qualify for tax relief.

Declaration Leads to Extension of Payroll Tax and Other Deadlines

Therefore, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced recently that it will waive failure to deposit penalties for employment and excise taxes due after August 25, 2011 and before September 13, 2011 as long as the deposits were made by September 12, 2011. In addition, affected taxpayers have until October 31, 2011 to file most tax returns.

Vision Payroll Is Here to Help Affected Taxpayers with Payroll Tax Issues

Contact Vision Payroll if you were affected by Hurricane Irene and need further information on the relief provided by the IRS.

September 13, 2011

VT Taxpayers Affected by Hurricane Irene Receive Extension of Time to File Returns and Pay Taxes

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Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Irene in Vermont beginning on August 29, 2011, President Barack Obama declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, Washington, Windham and Windsor. Individuals who reside or have a business in these counties may qualify for tax relief.

Hurricane Irene, Courtesy of NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Hurricane Irene, Courtesy of NASA/NOAA GOES Project

Declaration Leads to Extension of Payroll Tax and Other Deadlines

Therefore, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced recently that it will waive failure to deposit penalties for employment and excise taxes due after August 28, 2011 and before September 134 2011 as long as the deposits are made by September 13, 2011. In addition, affected taxpayers have until October 31, 2011 to file most tax returns. 

Vision Payroll Is Here to Help Affected Taxpayers with Payroll Tax Issues

Contact Vision Payroll if you were affected by Hurricane Irene and need further information on the relief provided by the IRS.

September 12, 2011

NH Taxpayers Affected by Tropical Storm Irene Receive Extension of Time to File Returns and Pay Taxes

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Hurricane Irene, Courtesy of NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Hurricane Irene, Courtesy of NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Due to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene in New Hampshire beginning on August 27, 2011, President Barack Obama declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Carroll and Grafton. Individuals who reside or have a business in these counties may qualify for tax relief.

Declaration Leads to Extension of Payroll Tax and Other Deadlines

Therefore, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced recently that it will waive failure to deposit penalties for employment and excise taxes due after August 26, 2011 and before September 13, 2011 as long as the deposits are made by September 12, 2011. In addition, affected taxpayers have until October 31, 2011 to file most tax returns.

Vision Payroll Is Here to Help Affected Taxpayers with Payroll Tax Issues

Contact Vision Payroll if you were affected by Tropical Storm Irene and need further information on the relief provided by the IRS.

September 7, 2011

Tip of the Week: IRS Provides Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Irene

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is providing tax relief to individual and business taxpayers impacted by Hurricane Irene.

The IRS has announced that certain taxpayers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Vermont will receive tax relief, and other locations are expected to be added in coming days following additional damage assessments by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The tax relief postpones certain tax filing and payment deadlines to Oct. 31, 2011. It includes corporations and businesses that previously obtained an extension until Sept. 15, 2011, to file their 2010 returns and individuals and businesses that received a similar extension until Oct. 17. It also includes the estimated tax payment for the third quarter of 2011, which would normally be due Sept. 15.

Hurricane Irene, Courtesy of NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Hurricane Irene, Courtesy of NASA/NOAA GOES Project

The tax relief is part of a coordinated federal response to the damage caused by the hurricane and is based on local damage assessments by FEMA. For information on disaster recovery, individuals should visit disasterassistance.gov.

Tax Relief Available So Far

Filing and payment relief is currently available to taxpayers in federal disaster areas declared in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Vermont. The IRS expects to announce tax relief for taxpayers in other areas as damage assessments continue. The IRS encourages taxpayers and tax practitioners to monitor Tax Relief in Disaster Situations for updates.

So far, IRS filing and payment relief applies to the following counties and municipalities:

  • Connecticut: Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland and Windham;
  • Massachusetts: Berkshire and Franklin.
  • New Jersey: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.
  • New York: Albany, Clinton, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Montgomery, Nassau, Orange, Otsego, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Suffolk, Ulster, Warren and Westchester.
  • North Carolina: Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington and Wilson;.
  • Puerto Rico: Arroyo, Aguas Buenas, Caguas, Canovanas, Carolina, Cayey, Cidra, Coamo, Comerio, Humacao, Jayuya, Juncos, Loiza, Luquillo, Orocovis, Patillas, Ponce and San Juan.
  • Vermont: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, Washington and Windsor.

Vision Payroll is Here to Help Affected Taxpayers with Payroll Tax Issues

Contact Vision Payroll if you were affected by Hurricane Irene and need further information on the relief provided by the IRS.

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