Understanding Your CP286 Notice

We approved your Form 8716, Election To Have a Tax Year Other Than a Required Tax Year.

What you need to do

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Answers to common questions

What should I do if I want to change to a calendar year for Form 1065 or Form 1120S?
File a final Form 8752, which will terminate your Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 444 election. If you have a credit on your account, file a final Form 8752 for us to refund the payments to you. You must also file a short period business income tax return (Form 1065 or Form 1120S) with your final Form 8752 ending December 31.

Do I need to file Form 8752 when I don’t owe a payment?
Yes. You must file Form 8752 each year the Section 444 election is in effect, even if you don't need to make a payment.

If I'm no longer required to file a Form 1065 or Form 1120S, do I need to ask the IRS to terminate my election?
Yes. You must send a final Form 1065 or Form 1120S, along with a final Form 8752.

Are there any consequences if I don’t file Form 8752 or pay when I file?
Failure to file or failure to pay will result in the termination of your fiscal year election.


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