Instructions for Form 3115 - Notices


Privacy Act and Paperwork Reduction Act Notice.

We ask for the information on this form to carry out the Internal Revenue laws of the United States. Section 446(e) says that you must obtain IRS approval before you change your method of accounting, except where otherwise provided. To obtain this approval, you are required to provide the information requested on this form. This information will be used to ensure that you are complying with the applicable laws, and to figure and collect the right amount of tax. Failure to provide all of the information requested may delay or prevent processing of this form. Providing false information may subject you to penalties. Routine uses of this information include giving it to the Department of Justice for civil and criminal litigation, and to cities, states, the District of Columbia, and to U.S. commonwealths and possessions for use in the administration of their tax laws. We may also disclose this information to other countries under a tax treaty, to Federal and state agencies to enforce Federal non-tax criminal laws, or to federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to combat terrorism.

You are not required to provide the information requested on a form that is subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act unless the form displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a form or its instructions must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any Internal Revenue law. Generally, tax returns and return information are confidential, as required by section 6103.

The time needed to complete and file this form will vary depending on individual circumstances. The estimated burden for individual taxpayers filing this form is approved under OMB control number 1545-0074 and is included in the estimates shown in the instructions for their individual income tax return. The estimated burden for all other taxpayers who file this form is shown below.

  Form Recordkeeping Learning about the law 
or the form
Preparing and sending the form to the IRS  
  3115 38 hr., 29 min. 19 hr., 54 min. 23 hr., 48 min.  
  Sch. A 3 hr., 21 min. 1 hr., 51 min. 3 hr., 11 min.  
  Sch. B 1 hr., 25 min. 30 min. 33 min.  
  Sch. C 5 hr., 1 min. 45 min. 2 hr., 4 min.  
  Sch. D 27 hr., 30 min. 1 hr., 59 min. 2 hr., 31 min.  
  Sch. E 3 hr., 49 min. 1 hr., 59 min. 2 hr., 8 min.  

If you have comments concerning the accuracy of these time estimates or suggestions for making this form simpler, we would be happy to hear from you. You can write to the Internal Revenue Service, Tax Products Coordinating Committee, SE:W:CAR:MP:T:T:SP, 1111 Constitution Ave. NW, IR-6406, Washington, DC 20224. Do not send the tax form to this office. Instead, see When and Where To File earlier.


More Online Instructions