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Understanding Your CP286 Notice

We send this notice when we approve 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 my tax year for Form 1065 or Form 1120S to a calendar year filing?
File a final Form 8752, which will terminate your section 444 election. If you have a credit on your account, you must file a final Form 8752 for us to refund the payments to you. You must also file a short period business income tax return with your final Form 8752 (Form 1065 or Form 1120S) 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 no payment is due.

What if I am 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 send in my payment when I file?
Failure to file or failure to pay will result in the termination of your fiscal year election.


Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 13-Jan-2016

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How to get help

  • Call the 1-800, 1-866 or 1-888 number listed on the top right corner of your notice.
  • Authorize someone (e.g., accountant) to contact the IRS on your behalf using Form 2848.
  • See if you qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.