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.
Answers to common 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?
If you disagree with the penalty charge you may file a suit for refund. To do so, you must:
- pay the withheld tax for one employee for each quarter of liability you disagree with, and
- file a claim for refund on Form 843, Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement, for the amount paid.
If you want to suspend collection of the penalty while the suit is pending, you must post a bond with the IRS for one and a half times the balance.
Tax publications you may find useful
- Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer (PDF)
- Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide (PDF)
- Publication 594, The IRS Collection Process (PDF)
- Notice 746, Information About Your Notice, Penalty and Interest (PDF)
- Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request (PDF)
- Full list of tax forms and instructions
How to get help
- Call the 800, 866 or 888 number listed on the top right corner of your notice.
- Authorize someone (such as an accountant) to contact the IRS on your behalf using Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative (PDF)
- See if you qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.