What this notice is about We charged you a Trust Fund Recovery Penalty (TFRP) for not paying employment or excise taxes. What you need to do Read your notice carefully. It will explain your amount due, due date, and payment options. Make your payment by the due date. Go to our payments page for more about your payment options. Frequently asked questions Why was I assessed this penalty? We charged you the TFRP for willfully failing to collect, account for, or pay employment or excise taxes. Find additional information for Employment Taxes and the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty (TFRP). What happens if I can't pay the full amount I owe now? You can apply online for a payment plan (including installment agreements). What happens if I don’t respond to this notice? Interest will continue to accrue until the balance is paid. Am I charged interest on the money I owe? Not if you pay the full amount you owe by the due date on the payment coupon. However, interest accrues on the unpaid amount after that date. What should I do if I disagree with the notice? To contest the penalty, you must: Pay the portion of the TFRP attributable to one employee (i.e., the withheld tax for one employee) for each quarter the penalty was charged if the TFRP is based on employment taxes, or Pay the portion of the TFRP attributable to one transaction for each quarter the penalty was charged if the claim relates to a TFRP for excise taxes, AND File a claim for refund on Form 843, Claim for Refund and Request for AbatementPDF, for each quarter at issue. To suspend collection of the penalty, you must file your claim for refund and make the applicable payment. You must also post a bond with us for one and a half times the balance owed (the penalty amount minus any payments made). Helpful information Publication 15, (Circular E), Employer's Tax GuidePDF Publication 594, The IRS Collection ProcessPDF Notice 746, Information About Your Notice, Penalty and InterestPDF Form 9465, Installment Agreement RequestPDF Reference Tools Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax Full list of tax forms and instructions Need Help? Need Help? You can authorize someone to contact the IRS on your behalf. See if you qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. If you can’t find what you need online, call the IRS number at the top of your notice or letter. If you didn’t receive a letter or notice, use telephone assistance. If you can't resolve the penalty on your own, contact Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within IRS.