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Trust Fund Recovery Penalty – #8 – Statute Of Limitations

TaxConnections Picture - Dollar Sign and Money8. STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

§ 5:47 In General

Under the Code, a Trust Fund Recovery Penalty must be assessed within three years of the April 15th following the year during which the quarterly liabilities arose. [I.R.C. § 6501 (a), (b)(2)] For example, the penalty with respect to liabilities arising during 1985 must be assessed on or before April 15, 1989. If the return is filed later than the April 15th following the year during which the liability arose, the statutory period for assessment is three years from the date of filing. If the returns were prepared by the IBS pursuant to I.R.C. § 6020(b), the IRS contends that there is no statute of limitations. [LR.C. § 6020(b)]. The .Internal Revenue Service in the past attempted to argue that there is no statute of limitation for the § 6672 penalty. The Third Circuit, however, ruled that the statute of limitation provided in § 6501(a) does apply to assessments of § 6672 Liabilities.

§ 5:48 Extension During Appeal

If a written preliminary notice of proposed liability is mailed or delivered in person to a ”responsible person-‘ before the’ expiration of the statute of limitations for the assessment of the penalty, the statute will not expire before the later of:

(1) 90 days after the date the notice was mailed or delivered in person, or

(2) if there is a timely protest of the proposed assessment, 30 days after a determination on the protest. Read more