Instructions for Form 8950 - Notices

Privacy Act and Paperwork Reduction Act Notice.

We ask for the information on this form to carry out the Internal Revenue laws of the United States. Sections 72, 401, 403, 408, 409, 457, 4972, 4973, 4974, and 4979 and their regulations authorize us to ask for this information. You are not required to apply for this correction program; however, if you do, you are required to give us the information requested on this form. We need it to determine whether your correction proposals meet the legal requirements applicable to qualified retirement plans. Section 6109 and its regulations require you to provide your identifying number. Failure to provide the information requested on this form could delay or prevent processing of your application; providing fraudulent information could subject you to penalties.

You are not required to provide the information requested on a form that is subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act unless the form displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a form or its instructions must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any internal revenue law. Generally, tax returns and return information are confidential, as required by section 6103. However, we may give the information to the Department of Justice for civil and criminal litigation, and to other federal agencies, as provided by law. We may give it to cities, states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. commonwealths or possessions to administer their tax laws. We may also disclose this information to other countries under a tax treaty, to federal and state agencies to enforce nontax criminal laws, and to federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to combat terrorism.

The time needed to complete and file this form will vary depending on individual circumstances. The estimated average time is:

Recordkeeping 5 hrs. , 15 min.
Learning about the law or  
the form
2 hrs. , 10 min.
Preparing the form 2 hrs. , 21 min.


If you have comments concerning the accuracy of these time estimates or suggestions for making this form simpler, we would be happy to hear from you. You can write to:

Internal Revenue Service 
Tax Products Coordinating Committee 
1111 Constitution Ave. NW, IR-6526 
Washington, DC 20224

Do not send Form 8950 to this address. Instead, see Where To File, earlier.

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