IRS accepting applicants for the Compliance Assurance Process for 2022


IR-2021-172, August 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced today the opening of the application period for the 2022 Compliance Assurance Process (CAP) program. The application period runs September 1 to November 1, 2021. The IRS will inform applicants if they're accepted into the program in February 2022.

Launched in 2005, CAP employs real-time issue resolution, through transparent and cooperative interaction between taxpayers and the IRS, to improve federal tax compliance by resolving issues prior to the filing of a tax return.

To be eligible to apply for CAP, new applicants must:

  • Have assets of $10 million or more,
  • Be a U.S. publicly traded corporation with a legal requirement to prepare and submit SEC Forms 10-K, 10-Q, and 8-K, and
  • Not be under investigation by, or in litigation with, any government agency that would limit the IRS's access to current tax records.

To be eligible to participate in CAP, taxpayers must adhere to CAP program limits on the number of open years. For 2022, the IRS is continuing the modification of the open-year criteria to allow- "two filed" open returns.

General program information and the 2022 application details are available on the CAP webpage.