25.25.13 Account Resolution for Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO)

Manual Transmittal

September 16, 2021

Purpose

(1) This transmits revised IRM 25.25.13, Revenue Protection, Account Resolution for Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO).

Material Changes

(1) IRM 25.25.13.1.6(1) - Updated instructions to advise that research may be required beyond the current IRM to resolve a case in response to a SERP Feedback suggestion to align with current procedures. IPU 20U1292 issued 12-09-2020.

(2) IRM 25.25.13.3(1) - Added an introductory statement to identify Form 4442 and transcript inquiries are the focus of the section as part of the 4442-job aide consolidation effort. IPU 21U0333 issued 03-03-2021.

(3) IRM 25.25.13.3(3) box 16 - Added returns containing a Schedule K-1 to the list per the discussions to consolidate the 4442- job aide. IPU 21U0131 issued 01-22-2021.

(4) IRM 25.25.13.3(4) & Table - Added a heading to identify the table is specific to working Form 4442 and Transcript inquiries. In addition, expounded on the guidance for working these inquiries so they align with current account resolution procedures.. IPU 21U0333 issued 03-03-2021.

(5) IRM 25.25.13.3(4) - Revised the Note to distinguish between referring a case versus forwarding one to assure TEs follow the appropriate guidance in the table of IRM section 25.25.13.3(6). IPU 21U0903 issued 07-01-2021.

(6) IRM 25.25.13.3(5) - Added general instructions for working Transcript inquiries as part of the 4442-job aide consolidation effort. IPU 21U0903 issued 07-01-2021.

(7) IRM 25.25.13.3(5) - Removed the condition, allowing cases to be manually referred again when a transcript is received and they are already in a treatment stream. This was done to align with current manual referral procedures. IPU 21U0997 issued 07-29-2021.

(8) IRM 25.25.13.3(6) Table Blk 2 & 3 - Added instructions to distinguish procedures for those TEs trained and those who are not to work AQC or WOW cases as part of the Form 4442-job aide consolidation effort. IPU 21U0997 issued 07-29-2021.

(9) IRM 25.25.13.3(6) Table Blk 4 - Updated the guidance to add Exam transaction code 301 as an indicator to release a refund it was omitted from the current manual referral procedures. IPU 21U0997 issued 07-29-2021.

(10) IRM 25.25.13.3(6) Table Blk 4b - Clarified who is responsible for updating the STARS disposition per the agreement with the National point of contact for manual referrals. IPU 21U0997 issued 07-29-2021.

(11) IRM 25.25.13.3(6) Table Blk 5 & 6 - Deleted redundant scenarios as they are covered in IRM 25.25.13.5, Manual Referrals. IPU 21U0997 issued 07-29-2021.

(12) IRM 25.25.13.3(6) - Added general instructions for working 4442 inquiries in response to the 4442-job aide consolidation effort. IPU 21U0903 issued 07-01-2021.

(13) IRM 25.25.13.3(6) - Table - Added updates to the table to include distinguishing procedures for working Form 4442 and Transcripts as well as adding procedures for those who are trained to work these inquiries and those who are not. This is all being done in an effort to make the 4442-job aide obsolete. IPU 21U0903 issued 07-01-2021.

(14) IRM 25.25.13.5(3) Bullet 7 -Expounded on IPU 21U0369, to add that prior year returns can be manually referred per manual referral guidelines. IPU 21U0489 issued 03-30-2021.

(15) IRM 25.25.13.5(3) Bullet 7 - Added to the list of prohibited referrals, cases in STARS disposition code MA per the purpose of this code. IPU 21U0369 issued 03-10-2021.

(16) IRM 25.25.13.5(3) Bullet 8 - Provided guidance to not refer foreign/international returns as these types fall outside of RIVO’s purview. IPU 21U0489 issued 03-30-2021.

(17) IRM 25.25.13.5(3) Bullet 10 - Corrected the STARS Disposition Status Code due to programing added that made the previous ones obsolete. IPU 21U0333 issued 03-03-2021.

(18) IRM 25.25.13.5(6) Bullet 1 - Added guidance for closing and opening controls from Form 4442 and Transcript inquiries in response to a SERP Alert. This also included updating the control activity on manually referred returns. IPU 21U0489 issued 03-30-2021.

(19) IRM 25.25.13.5(7) Table AQC-GATT - Removed the condition requiring two or more children needed to qualify for the Additional Child Tax Credit per IRM Clearance feedback from W&I Counsel. IPU 21U0997 issued 07-29-2021.

(20) IRM 25.25.13.7.1(1) & (2) - Corrected the naming convention for Barred Assessment package folders and added an example to comply with current procedures for naming folders. Added to paragraph 2, specific instructions for completing Form 9355, Lines 9a-f to address deficiencies identified from a review of rejected forms submitted. IPU 21U0131 issued 01-22-2021.

(21) IRM 25.25.13.7.1(3) - Added the specifics of what is needed when submitting a Barred Statute report to the Statute Coordinator in response to a review of Barred Statute procedures. IPU 20U1333 issued 12-21-2020

(22) IRM 25.25.13.7.1(4) - Added an Exception to the rules regarding freeze codes that would still allow the Barred Statute report to be forwarded for review per the conclusion from meetings held with the Statute Coordinator and Reviewer. IPU 21U0200 issued 02-04-2021.

(23) IRM 25.25.13.9(3) Table Then 5th bullet - Added an exception for manually releasing a refund when the DLN contains a blocking series other than 7777 to align with programming to bypass those returns. IPU 21U0489 issued 03-30-2021.

(24) IRM 25.25.13.9(3) 2nd Block - See IPU 20U1292 for the detailed update in addition to the editorial correction that made involving punctuation. IPU 20U1080 issued 10-07-2020.

(25) IRM 25.25.13.9(3) Table 2nd row Then column - Added a bullet to address scenarios when no TC 971 AC 134 which due to systemic programming will cause the input of a TC 972 AC 134 to go unpostable if entered. IPU 20U1292 issued 12-09-2020 IRM.

(26) IRM 25.25.13.9(3) Table Then 5th bullet - Added, when the Manual refund criteria is not met and the refund must be released, instructions to address this scenario per the review conducted on Manual Refund procedure errors. IPU 21U0408 issued 03-17-2021

(27) IRM 25.25.13.10(3) Table Blk 4 - Added instructions on actions that should be taken when a previously issued 18C letter is issued and the response is either incomplete or incorrect in response to a gap in IRM procedures. IPU 21U0489 issued 03-30-2021.

(28) IRM 25.25.13.10(3) Table, Row 2 & 4 - Added row 4, actions to take if documentary evidence is received after submitting a request for a credit to be moved to Excess Collection due to a review of similar cases. Similarly, for the same reason, a Note was added to row 2 to refer to row 4 if documentary evidence is received after the fact. IPU 20U1292 issued 12-09-2020.

(29) Exhibit 25.25.13-3 Table - Added three new STARS Disposition Status and definition due to programming developed to address aging inventory cases in STARS and define who has the authority to take action on those cases. IPU 21U0347 issued 03-08-2021

(30) Exhibit 25.25.13-5 - Added an Exhibit that provides references to address various 4442 inquiries received in response to the 4442-job aide consolidation request. IPU 21U0997 issued 07-29-2021.

(31) Editorial changes were made throughout the IRM section for the following:

  • Relocated, added, and/or corrected reference links.

  • Conducted a plain language review resulting in corrections to grammar, spelling and removal of italic font from IRM sections and titles..

  • Updated organizational name.

  • Renumbered rows in tables, due to either the addition or deletion of paragraphs.

  • Corrected the control base name for cases being referred to Exam.

The changes are included in IPUs 20U1333, 21U0997, 21U0548, 21U0489, 20U1184, 21U0333, 21U0903.

Effect on Other Documents

IRM 25.25.13 dated September 24, 2020 (effective October 1, 2021) is superseded. This IRM also incorporates the following IRM Procedural Updates (IPUs) - IPU 20U1080 issued 10-07-2020, IPU 20U1184 issued 11-02-2020, IPU 20U1292 issued 12-09-2020, IPU 20U1333 issued 12-21-2020, IPU 21U0131 issued 01-22-2021, IPU 21U0200 issued 02-04-2021, IPU 21U0333 issued 03-03-2021, IPU 21U0347 issued 03-08-2021, IPU 21U0369 issued 03-10-2021, IPU 21U0408 issued 03-17-2021, IPU 21U0489 issued 03-30-2021, IPU 21U0548 issued 04-08-2021, IPU 21U0903 issued 07-01-2021, IPU 21U0997 issued 07-29-2021.

Audience

Campus employees in Return Integrity Verification Operations

Effective Date

(10-01-2021)

Denise D. Davis
Director, Return Integrity Verification Program Management (RIVPM)
Wage and Investment Division

Program Scope and Objectives

  1. Purpose and Program Goals: This IRM section provides guidance for Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO) employees when reviewing individual master file (IMF) or business master file (BMF) returns for possible identity theft and false income and withholding. These returns are scored through the Dependent Database (DDb) or through the Return Review Program (RRP) system. These returns may not be able to be worked through systemic processes and will require manual resolution.

  2. Audience: The audience intended in this IRM is RIVO employees.

  3. Policy Owner: The Return Integrity Verification Program Management (RIVPM) is the policy owner of this program.

  4. Program Owner: RIVPM is the program office responsible for oversight over this program.

  5. Primary Stakeholders: The primary stakeholders are RIVO, and organization that collaborate with RIVO.

  6. Program Goals: Program goals for the program are in the Operation Guidelines as well as IRM 1.4.10, Return Integrity & Verification Operation Managers Guide.

  7. This section provides guidance for resolving accounts with RIVO involvement.

Background

  1. Return Integrity Verification Program Management (RIVPM) strengthens the integrity of the tax system by:

    • Protecting the public interest by improving IRS’s ability to detect and prevent improper refunds

    • Serving the public interest by taking actions fairly and appropriately to identify, evaluate and prevent the issuance of improper refunds

    • Helping taxpayers understand the refundable tax credits for which they are eligible

    • Protecting taxpayer’s rights while protecting revenue

Program Management and Review

  1. The program has reports to track the inventory, including receipts and closures such as the Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO) Monthly Performance Comparison Report. Additional report guidance is found in IRM 1.4.10, Return Integrity & Verification Operation Managers Guide.

  2. The Embedded Quality review program is in place to review all processes to ensure accuracy and effectiveness of the program. Goals, measures, and operating guidelines are listed in the yearly Operation Guidelines and in IRM 21.10.1, Embedded Quality (EQ) Program for Accounts Management, Campus Compliance, Field Assistance, Tax Exempt/Government Entities, Return Integrity and Compliance Services (RICS), and Electronic Products and Services Support.

Authority

  1. Refer to the following:

    • IRM 1.2.2, Servicewide Policies and Authorities, Servicewide Delegations of Authority

    • IRM 1.2.1.5.10, Policy Statement 4-21, Selection of returns for examination

    • IRM 1.1.13.5, Return Integrity & Compliance Services (RICS)

    • Various Internal Revenue Codes (IRC) including but not limited to:

    • IRC § 6402(a), Authority to make credits or refunds

    • IRC § 6401, Amounts treated as overpayments

    • IRC § 6404, Abatements of tax

    • IRC § 6213, Requirements for a statutory notice, including math error authority

Responsibilities

  1. Return Integrity Verification Program Management (RIVPM) has responsibility for information in this IRM. Information is published in the IRM on a yearly basis.

  2. The Director of RIVPM is responsible for the policy related to this IRM.

  3. The Chief of the RIVPM Policy & Analysis is responsible for ensuring this IRM is timely submitted to publishing each year.

  4. More information can be found in IRM 1.1.13.5, Return Integrity & Compliance Services (RICS).

Acronyms

  1. For a list of Acronyms used throughout Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO), see IRM 25.25.1.1.5, Acronyms.

Related Resources

  1. The related resources listed below may be required for account research and issue resolution. This will assist with advising Tax Examiners (TE) that for more complex account resolution issues, usage of additional IRMs is necessary for appropriate resolution of a multitude of issues. These related resources may be accessed through the IRS Intranet-Servicewide Electronic Research Program (SERP) site.

    • IRM 25.25, Revenue Protection

    • IRM 25.23, Identity Protection and Victim Assistance

    • IRM 21, Customer Account Services

    • IRM 2, Information Technology

    • IRM 3, Submission Processing

    • IRM 4, Examining Process

  2. IDRS restricted access accounts are accounts where a user must request special permissions to access the account through IDRS. Follow IRM 21.2.1.3.2, Authorized IDRS Access.

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  3. The IRS adopted the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TBOR) in June 2014. Employees are responsible for being familiar with and acting in accordance with taxpayer rights. See IRC § 7803(a)(3), Execution of Duties in Accord with Taxpayer Rights. For additional information about the TBOR, see The IRS outlines the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

Account Resolution Overview

  1. This Internal Revenue Manual (IRM) provides the procedures for the Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO) function to make general adjustments through the Integrated Data Retrieval System (IDRS) to any one of the different Master File Tax Codes (MFTs). These procedures are available for use when an account adjustment must be made and there are no procedure(s) that cover the process in a specific IRM.

  2. Adjustments may need to be made to accounts where the process has stopped or failed, and the return has not been treated or completed. General adjustments are changes made on Individual Master File (IMF) and Business Master File (BMF) accounts. Adjustments may be required because of various work streams or referral processes such as:

    • Wage and Withholding Only (WOW) - accounts involving only wages and withholding (no refundable credits)

    • Automated Questionable Credits (AQC) - accounts with refundable credits requiring statutory notice of deficiency processing that protects the taxpayer’s right to petition tax court

    • Taxpayer Protection Program (TPP) - Identity authentication process

    • Frivolous Return Program (FRP) - Frivolous filings

    • Statute Imminent or Statute Expired with or without credits

    • Internal Transcripts

    • Taxpayer Correspondence

    • Form 4442, Inquiry Referral

    • Operational Assistance Requests (OARs)

    • Electronic Fraud Detection System (EFDS) and Scheme Tracking and Referral System (STARS)

Account Resolution Research

  1. Inquiries to Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO) may be received from internal sources via Form 4442, Inquiry Referral, Manual Referrals and Transcripts.

  2. Research the account to identify the point where the process stopped or failed:

    • Research IDRS for relevant RIVO markers, transactions, letters issued and freeze conditions

    • Research the Electronic Fraud Detection System (EFDS) and or the Scheme Tracking and Referral System (STARS) notes and statuses

    • Research Account Management Services (AMS) notes for taxpayer contact or other relevant information

  3. Determine if the credit being held is from an identity theft return:
    If identity theft is determined, follow normal identity theft procedures per IRM 25.25.4, Return Integrity Verification Operations Identity Theft Return Procedures.
    If nonidentity theft continue below:

  4. Once the process that failed/stopped has been identified, follow the table below to resolve the account.

    Note:

    If the instructions in the table states "Forward to Lead," do not attempt to refer the case. When instructed, referrals will be done systemically if possible (current year processing cases) or through the manual referral process (prior year processing cases).

  5. Transcript Inquiries - If you are not trained in the work stream process (i.e., AQC/WOW/Exam), refer the case per IRM 25.25.13.5, Manual Referrals If the case is already in the appropriate workstream, i.e., has AQC/WOW marker letters or a L freeze, close your transcript base CLOSE2XXXX, manual referral is not necessary.

  6. 4442 Inquiries - If you receive a 4442 in the queue that you are working and it does not belong there, forward the 4442 to your Lead, notating the correct queue and IRM reference. If the case pertains to the queue you are working, work the account.

    Transcript/Form 4442 Inquiries

    If Transcript or Form 4442 received And Then
    1
    An ATAO Category is open and a 4442 or transcript is received
    Form 4442 or Transcript is received
    1a. ATAO is assigned to a RIVO employee (148XXX)

    1b. ATAO is not assigned to a RIVO employee(148XXXXXX)
    1a. Close Control "Close2OAR"
    1b. See scenarios below in this table to select the appropriate guidance to follow
    2
    AQC Conditions
    Any of the following criteria are present:
    • Transaction code (TC) 971 action code (AC) 122, AC 140 or AC 128 with specific MISC field or Letter 4800C or 3219C was sent

    • AQ, TT, E6 disposition in STARS (current if within 6 months)

    Note:

    TC 971 AC 122 with Rule 7S, 7S1, and 7V are not AQC specific indicators.

    The refund is still held and it’s been more than 60 days since the TC 971 AC 122 or 140 posted.
    Form 4442:
    • TE is trained to work AQC cases, see 2a.

    • TE is not trained to work AQC cases and it has AQC conditions, see 2b.


    Transcript:
    • TE is trained to work AQC, see 2a

    • TE is not trained to work AQC cases, see 2c



    The refund is still held and it’s been less than 60 days since the TC 971 AC 122 or 140 posted
    Form 4442:
    • Regardless if the TE is trained or not, see 2c

    2a. Work per AQC process, IRM 25.25.7, Automated Questionable Credit Program.
    2b. Forward to Lead for rejection to originator. Include note for the correct queue and IRM reference.
    2c. Close base CL2AQC and forward to Lead to be rejected to originator with note, "Timeframe not met."
    3
    WOW Conditions
    Any of the following are present:
    • CP05A

    • DQ adjustment, QRPA category code base open or closed with IDRS 1483XXXXXX

    • MA in STARS

    There are no refundable credits, or it’s been more than 60 days since the last notice.
    Form 4442:
    • TE is trained to work WOW cases, see 3a.

    • TE is not trained to work WOW cases and it has WOW conditions, see 3b.


    Transcript:
    • TE is trained to work WOW, see 3a

    • TE is not trained to work WOW cases, see 3c.



    There are no refundable credits or it’s been less than 60 days since the last notice.
    Form 4442:
    • Regardless if the TE is trained or not, see 3c

    3a. Work per WOW process, IRM 25.25.11, Wage and Withholding Only (WOW) (Notice CP 05A) Procedures.

    3b. Forward to Lead for rejection to originator. Include note for the correct queue and IRM reference.
    3c. Close base CL2WOW and forward to Lead to be rejected to originator with note, "Timeframe not met."
    4
    Exam Conditions
    The refund has been held by RIVO (CP 05A may have been issued to the taxpayer)
    Form 4442 or Transcript received, and Exam adjusted the account with TC 300/301 and RIVO is still holding the refund Release the refund. Follow IRM 25.25.13.9, Releasing the Refund on how to and update STARS to CL5.
    4b Exam Inventory (L freeze posted) Transcript is received, see 4b1

    Form 4442 received, see 4b2
    4b1.
    • Do not reverse RIVO markers

    • Close base to CL2EXAM


    4b2.
    • Do not reverse RIVO markers

    • Forward to Lead to reject to originator with the note "L freeze to be worked by Exam"

    5
    There is a -A freeze
    There is no control to RIVO Do not reverse RIVO markers, forward to lead to be rejected to Accounts Management (AM) with note “A Freeze, work per IRM 21.5.6.4.35.3.2” -R Freeze Paper Procedures For Accounts With Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO) Involvement
    6
    There is a -A freeze
    There is a RIVO control to 1487777777 Work per IRM 25.25.13.4.3, Resolving Accounts Assigned To 1487777777
    7
    -P Freeze with TC 720 posted to the account
    the refund is still held and either Form 4442 or Transcript is received Research account to determine appropriate work stream from the blocks above.

    Note:

    If work stream cannot be determined, follow IRM 25.25.3.4, Income Verification per IRPTR.

    8
    TC 841 posted to the account
    the refund is still held
    Form 4442:
    the 841 on the account contains in the Document Locator Number (DLN) Blocking Series 77711, 77712, 77713 or 77714, see 8a.
    The TC 841 DLN does not contain blocking series numbers above, see 8b

    Transcript: See 8b and the Note.
    8a. Forward to Lead to be rejected to originator with note for correct queue and IRM reference below
    RICS RIVO - CP53A Reject 17 (TC 841 DLN 77711)
    RICS RIVO - CP53B Reject 18 (TC 841 DLN 77712)
    RICS RIVO - CP53C Reject 19 (TC 841 DLN 77713)
    RICS RIVO - CP53B Reject 23(TC 841 DLN 77714)
    Per CSR IRM 21.5.6.4.31.2, P- Freeze with RIVO Involvement.
    8b. Determine appropriate work stream and then follow the appropriate block in this table for resolution

    Note:

    (Transcript only) - If the account contains in the Document Locator Number (DLN) Blocking Series 77711, 77712, 77713 or 77714, close your control base as those will be worked by External Lead.

    9a.
    If any of the following are present:
    • Unreversed TC 971 AC 121

    • Unreversed TC 971 AC 129

    • Unreversed TC 971 AC 124 with open unpostable (UP) 126 reason code (RC) "0"

    the refund is still held
    Form 4442 received
    Forward to Lead to be rejected to originator to work. Add note "AM to follow CSR IRM 21.5.6.4.35.3.1.3" , R-Freeze with Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO) Involvement.
    9b. Unreversed TC 971 AC 124 with no unresolved U126 RC 0 the refund is still held and either Form 4442 or Transcript received TPP issue is considered closed. Work the account per appropriate workstream in chart above.
    10
    Return is in ACE Adjustment and TPP process has been completed
    the refund is still held Follow IRM 25.25.2.19, Process Status (PS) 30 Identity Theft False Positive Screening Procedures
    11
    Return is on MFT 32
    it’s the taxpayer’s valid return, TRDBV shows a closed U126, 0, and IDRS CC TXMODA shows a TC 971 AC 111 posted
    Form 4442:
    The return is either
    • Current year

    • Preceding year

    • Paper return two years prior to the current year


    See 11a.

    The return is 3 years or more than the current year and ELF or MEF
    See 11b.

    TRDBV shows a U126 0, IDRS and TXMOD does not show a TC 971 AC 111
    See 11c
    11a. Forward to Lead to be rejected to originator and include the note, "AM to follow IRM 25.25.6.7.1" , Taxpayer Protection Program (TPP) Assistors, Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) Assistors, and Identity Theft Victims Assistance (IDTVA) Assistors MFT 32 Reversal Criteria & Procedures.
    11b. Follow MFT 32 reversal procedures, IRM 25.25.6.7.1.1, Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO) Employees - MFT 32 Reversal Inquiries & Resolution Actions.
    11c. Forward to Lead to be rejected to originator with note "Return moved to MFT32 by another function" .
    12
    Return is archived or deleted
    RIVO archived or deleted the return, see 12a.

    Return archived or deleted by another function:
    Form 4442 received, see 12b.
    Transcript received, see 12c
    12a. Follow IRM 25.25.6.8, Archived - Deleted Return Reprocessing Procedures.
    12b. Forward to Lead to be rejected to originator with the note, "Return not archived /deleted by RIVO."
    12c. Close base "NOTRIVO" .
    13
    Return is not in STARS
    the refund is held by RIVO and the return does not verify per IRM 25.25.3.4, Income Verification using Command Code (CC) IRPTR
    • Research the return status in EFDS, complete verification and/or update status if needed

    • If the return is a prior processing year, attempt to manually add the return to STARS

    • If the return cannot be manually added, then add the case to mass push spreadsheet and open a base C#MASSPUSH,B,MISC*,*

    • After the return is posted in STARS close the mass push base and send the case for manual referral

      Note:

      A mass pushed case cannot refer systemically.

    Research the STARS disposition to determine appropriate work stream and follow appropriate block above
    Form 4442 inquiries - For current year returns in STARS disposition is in NR, or Rejected, update to CE or CA, per Exhibit 25.25.13-3
    Form 4442 inquiries - For prior year returns in STARS disposition AE, AA, or AQ, a manual referral may be necessary.
    14
    Return is in STARS
    The refund is held by RIVO and the return does not verify per IRM 25.25.3.4, Income Verification using Command Code (CC) IRPTR. See 14a. for current and prior year returns.

    The refund is held by RIVO and the return does verify per IRM 25.25.3.4, Income Verification using Command Code (CC) IRPTR. See 14b. for guidance.
    14a. 4442 - Current year returns in STARS whose disposition is blank more than 120 days, NR, or Rejected, update to CE or CA as applicable. refer to Exhibit 25.25.13-3, Scheme Tracking and Referral System (STARS) Disposition Definitions.
    • If the disposition is in a closed status such as AL, QL, CL, WL elevate to your Lead

    • If the case is in a rejected or stalled status such as XE or XA send the case for manual referral


    4442 - Prior year returns in STARS with a disposition older than 6 months follow, IRM 25.25.13.5, Manual Referrals.

    14b. Follow IRM 25.25.13.9 , Releasing the Refund and update STARS disposition to DL.
    15
    BMF
    The refund is held by an RIVO hold
    The TE is trained to work BMF cases. See 15a.
    The TE is not trained on BMF and the case is referred via Form 4442. See 15b.
    15a. Follow BMF procedures, IRM 25.25.1, Return Integrity and Verification Operation Business Master File Procedures.
    15b. Forward to Lead to be rejected to originator with note "Return to originator, BMF queue per IRM 25.23.11.7.3(10) or Fax 855-246-4886."
    16
    The return contains Schedule C, Household Help (HSH) or Schedule K-1 income
      Work per IRM 25.25.2.19, Process Status (PS) 30 Identity Theft False Positive Screening Procedures, box 2 and 3 as appropriate
    17
    Friv Inventory
    Refer to IRM 25.25.2.21, Frivolous Returns
    Any of the following:
    • Open FRIV base 14867 -14869

    • TC 810 - 4

    • TC 971 AC 089

    • -E freeze or F- freeze

    • Letter 3176C or CP 72 issued to TP

    Base is open see 17a.

    Base is closed and/or updated to FRP cleared and there is no -E or F- freeze, see 17b
    17a.
    4442 - Refer to RIVO Frivolous Filer Program (FRP)
    Transcript - Close base CL-2FRIV
    17b. Work the account using the boxes above
    18
    The return is a Full year Prisoner and a General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) return as defined per IRM 25.25.9.4, General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) Returns
    Verified using IDRS Command Code (CC) IRPTR Close the 4442 with "income verified ok" and close to AQC.
    If the case is in STARS, update the disposition to TT
    If STARS disposition is already TT, follow box 2 above.
    19K Freeze

    Note:

    There may be instances when an account has previous action by Error Resolution or Accounts Management and the refund is being held with a -K freeze to hold the refund for RIVO to complete the review.

     
    • Work the account if RIVO markers are present and unreversed

    • Determine appropriate work stream or next actions from chart above

     

Previously Identified as Identity Theft

  1. Account research shows the account is not identity theft (IDT), but was treated as IDT, then re-instate the return following normal adjustment procedures using the xClaim Tool. After reinstatement, follow the chart below to resolve the account or refer the return to the appropriate workstream.

    Note:

    If the ASED is expired follow IRM 25.25.13.7, Barred Assessments.

    If Then
    1
    The return verifies per IRM 25.25.3.4, Income Verification using Command Code (CC) IRPTR.
    • Release the refund, follow IRM 25.25.13.9, Releasing the Refund

    • Input notes in the Electronic Fraud Detection System (EFDS) documenting the information received

    • Update the disposition to "DL" to have the return removed from the Scheme Tracking and Referral System (STARS)

    • Input a note in STARS explaining the reason for the scheme deletion request per Exhibit 25.25.13-1, STARS Delete Reasons.

    • Input/Update AMS notes per IRM 21.2.2.4.5, Account Management Services (AMS)

    • Ensure all Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO) control bases are closed

    2
    The return doesn’t verify per IRM 25.25.3.4, Income Verification using Command Code (CC) IRPTR.
    • Refer to the appropriate work stream as identified in IRM 25.25.13.3, Account Resolution Research.

    • Input notes in EFDS documenting the information received.

    • Input/Update AMS notes per IRM 21.2.2.4.5, Account Management Services (AMS).

Resolving Accounts Assigned To 14877XXXXXX

  1. Other functions assign cases to Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO) for resolution.

    • The account is assigned to 1487755555, see IRM 25.25.13.4.1, Resolving Accounts Assigned To 1487755555.

    • The account is assigned to 1487766666, see IRM 25.25.13.4.2, Resolving Accounts Assigned To 1487766666.

    • The account is assigned to 1487777777, see IRM 25.25.13.4.3, Resolving Accounts Assigned To 1487777777.

Resolving Accounts Assigned To 1487755555

  1. This inventory is being reassigned to Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO) by statute because RIVO removed the return data and new information shows the return to be filed by the taxpayer identification number (TIN) owner. Cases assigned to this queue should have more than 120 days remaining on the assessment statute expiration date (ASED).

  2. Confirm that the original return was filed by the TIN owner.

  3. Determine how many days remain on the ASED. If there are less than 90 days remaining on the ASED follow prompt assessment procedures. See IRM 25.25.13.6, Prompt Assessments. If there are more than 90 days remaining on the ASED, input the adjustment to correct the account back to the original return data.

Resolving Accounts Assigned To 1487766666

  1. This inventory is being reassigned to Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO) by statute because RIVO removed the return data and new information shows the return to be filed by the taxpayer identification number (TIN) owner. Cases assigned to this queue should have less than 120 days remaining on the assessment statute expiration date (ASED) or the ASED has expired.

  2. Confirm that the original return was filed by the TIN owner.

  3. If the ASED has not expired, but has 90 days or less remaining, follow IRM 25.25.13.6, Prompt Assessments.

  4. If there are more than 90 days remaining on the ASED, input the adjustment to correct the account back to the original return data.

  5. If the ASED has expired, follow IRM 25.25.13.7, Barred Assessments.

Resolving Accounts Assigned To 1487777777

  1. This process was developed to address accounts where multiple returns were filed and the returns are not verifiable per IRM 25.25.3.4, Income Verification using Command Code (CC) IRPTR, and the account contains prior Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO) involvement.

  2. The IRM 25.23.4.8.1, Identity Theft (IDT) with IVO Involvement, specifically states that the year involved with the case must have prior RIVO involvement. If there is no prior RIVO involvement, the case should be rejected back to the originator.

    If And Then
    1
    The transaction code (TC) 976 income and withholding is verifiable per IRM 25.25.3.4, Income Verification using Command Code (CC) IRPTR, or the income is from Schedule C or Household Help (HSH).

    Exception:

    If the TC 150 was reversed and it is determined that it was backed out in error, see box 5 or 6 below.

     
    • Reject the case back to the originator

    • Re-control the open control base to the originator with "REJECT2AM" in the activity field.

    • Input/Update AMS notes per IRM 21.2.2.4.5, Account Management Services (AMS)

    • Update the Scheme Tracking and Referral System (STARS) Category to "5" Disposition "CL"

    2
    The TC 976 income and withholding is not verifiable per IRM 25.25.3.4, Income Verification using Command Code (CC) IRPTR.
    the TC 976 return is a true duplicate of the TC 150.
    • Research the account to determine why the TC 150 did not go through appropriate treatment stream.

    • Input a TC 290 for .00 with a hold code 4 to remove the -A freeze. Work/refer to the appropriate treatment stream per IRM 25.25.13.3, Account Resolution Research

    • Input/Update AMS notes per IRM 21.2.2.4.5, Account Management Services (AMS).

    3
    The TC 976 income and withholding is not verifiable per IRM 25.25.3.4, Income Verification using Command Code (CC) IRPTR.
    the TC 976 return is not a true duplicate of the TC 150 and either return was filed by the taxpayer identification number (TIN) owner.
    • Reject the case back to the originator.

    • Re-control the open control base to the originator with "REJECT2AM" in the activity field.

    • Input/Update AMS notes include which return RIVO deemed IDT and which return was filed by the TIN owner, per IRM 21.2.2.4.5, Account Management Services (AMS).

    • Update STARS Category for returns in STARS to "5" Disposition "CL" .

    4
    The TC 976 income and withholding is not verifiable per IRM 25.25.3.4, Income Verification using Command Code (CC) IRPTR.
    the TC 976 return is not a true duplicate of the TC 150 and neither return was filed by the TIN owner.
    • Update the control base activity to "IDTHEFT" and the category to "NCAT" .

    • Resolve the account per IRM 25.25.4, Integrity & Verification Identity Theft Return Procedures.

    5
    The TC 150 income and withholding is verifiable per IRM 25.25.3.4, Income Verification using Command Code (CC) IRPTR, but was backed out in error.
    the taxpayer’s original information must be restored and the ASED is not expired.
    • There are more than 90 days left on the ASED, restore the taxpayer’s account to the original return data and release the refund as appropriate.

    • If the ASED is not expired, but has 90 days or less remaining, follow IRM 25.25.13.6, Prompt Assessments.

    6
    The TC 150 income and withholding is verifiable per IRM 25.25.3.4, Income Verification using Command Code (CC) IRPTR, but was backed out in error.
    the taxpayer’s original information must be restored and the ASED is expired. Follow procedures in IRM 25.25.13.7, Barred Assessments.
    7
    RIVO receives an E-4442
    The IDOC is in a Verification status, prior to IRP being fully loaded Follow guidance in IRM 25.25.2.22.3

Manual Referrals

  1. A Manual Referral is an unverifiable return that cannot be referred systemically through the Scheme Tracking and Referral System (STARS). Manual referrals may not have all Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO) markers, as the account was stopped somewhere in the process.

  2. Manual referrals, once identified, should be referred to the appropriate work stream based on the table in IRM 25.25.13.3, Account Resolution Research.

  3. General Rules to follow before referring:

    Note:

    Do not resubmit returns you have previously submitted within the last 60 days.

    • Do not refer returns that have a previous adjustment on the account.

    • Do not refer any return that already has a -L freeze on command code (CC) TXMODA, or CC AMDISA is showing an Exam Audit is open.

    • Do not refer any returns with -A freeze. Follow IRM 25.25.13.4, Account Resolution Research.

    • Do not refer through the manual process if you have zeroed out the return.

    • Do not refer return if it is true identity theft. These must be worked by Tax Examiners.

    • Do not refer any return that can be sent systemically through the Electronic Fraud Detection System (EFDS)/STARS.

    • Do not refer any current processing year return that is disposition in STARS to AA (Accepted by AM) or AE (Accepted by Exam) or MA (Manual Disallowance Adj Necessary Man WOW ref). Prior year can be referred.

    • Do not refer any international or foreign returns.

    • If the return is in Disposition identity theft (process status (PS) 49) you can still refer the return if the return being referred is the true taxpayer’s return and is the TC 150.

    • All returns for all spreadsheets should be pushed into STARS. See exception for General Agreement on Tariff and Trades (GATT) returns.

    • Do not update the return dispositions in EFDS/STARS, as this will be done by the National point of contact (POC) once the referral is accepted and should be in E7 for WI Exam, E8 for Small Business Self Employed (SBSE) Exam, E5 for Wage and Withholding Only (WOW), or E6 for Automated Questionable Credits (AQC).

    • Reverse any offsets on the account. Follow IRM 21.4.6.2, What Is a Refund Offset?, for offset types and restrictions.

    • All income documents in EFDS must be verified and contain notes in EFDS.

    • You must ensure all refunds have been stopped.

    • The TC 150 must be posted to CC TXMODA before sending the return through the manual referral process.

  4. If the return originated in the Taxpayer Protection Program (TPP), ensure the TC 971 AC 052 with MISC "RRPNONIDT" is present. If not present, release the refund, do not work, or refer within RIVO (AQC/WOW/EXAM).

  5. For accounts that did not originate in TPP, a TC 971 AC 052 is not required to continue with RIVO processes, determine the reason for the refund hold and ensure the return is referred to the appropriate work stream.

  6. When manually referring accounts to the appropriate work stream, complete the manual referral spreadsheet found on the SharePoint site. Ensure the spreadsheet is completed.

    • When the spreadsheet is completed, close the Transcript or Form 4442, Inquiry Referral, control base. Open a new control base to your IDRS number with the following information in the chart below:

      Exception:

      Do NOT open a new control base on OAR referrals to WOW and AQC. Please leave open the existing OAR control and follow procedures on # 3

      IF THEN
      WOW C#, Man2WOW,B,MISC *,*
      AQC C#, Man2AQC,B,MISC *,*
      EXAM C#, Man2EXAM,B,MISC*,*

    • Every field must be filled out. There should be NO BLANKS. All Yes and No answers must show as "YES" or "NO" .

      Exception:

      Column header "Exam Comments" , "To be filled out by receiver" , and "Date Sent" , should be left blank.

    • Fill out the column that says Site with your Site’s name.

    • Input the tax period in the following format: "20XX12" . It must have all six digits.

    • Taxpayer identification numbers (TINs) must include hyphens.

    • Do not alter the columns or tabs on the spreadsheet. For example, if you only have submissions for SBSE, do not delete the other tabs.

    • Enter a note into EFDS, the manual referral spreadsheet and tab completed. For example,"AQC - MISC, AQC tab" .

    • Send the original spreadsheet to the POC, using the most current revision.

  7. Follow the table below for Manual Referral criteria:

    If Then
    WOW (non-statute return) – prior year processing year with false or inflated withholding (no refundable credits)
    • Input the information on the WOW spreadsheet on the “WOW” tab

    • If the case is an Operations Assistance Request (OAR), refer the return to your Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) liaison for a TAS referral

    WOW Statute Returns – prior year processing returns with false or inflated withholding (no refundable credits) and the Assessment Statute Expiration Date (ASED) is within one year and one month or less from expiring or has already expired
    • Input the information on the WOW spreadsheet on the “WOW STATUTE” tab

    • If the return is an OAR, refer the return to your TAS liaison for a TAS referral

    AQC-GATT – Wages and withholding will always be verified. The return must claim Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Making Work Pay Credit (MWP) or Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC)
    • Input the information on the "AQC - GATT" spreadsheet on the AQC tab

    • If the case is an Operations Assistance Request (OAR), refer the return to your Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) liaison for a TAS referral

    AQC - MISC - Add to this tab any returns with false or inflated wages/withholding with refundable credits (i.e., Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC), Making Work Pay Credit (MWP), Affordable Care Tax Credit (ACTC) ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡, the case does not meet Exam criteria and will need to be added to this sheet to go to AQC.
    • Input the information on the "AQC - MISC" spreadsheet on the AQC tab

    • If the case is an OAR, refer the return to your TAS liaison for a TAS referral

    AQC Statue Returns with Credits - Add to this tab all returns with refundable credits where the statute date has expired or is within one year and one month of expiring. It does not matter if the return would normally go on the EXAM spreadsheet. This tab is for all statute returns or returns with only one year and one month or less left on Assessment Statue Expiration Date (ASED) with refundable credits.
    • Input the information on the "AQC STATUE RTNS WITH CREDIT" spreadsheet on the AQC tab

    • If the case is an OAR, refer the return to your TAS liaison for a TAS referral

    WI Exam with TC 971 Action Code (AC) 501, 506, 522 - Add to this tab prior year returns containing wages/withholding (the return may have Household Help (HSH). ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ and CC ENMOD has a TC 971 AC 501, 506, or 522

    Note:

    If the return contains Schedule C income, see SBSE Exam instructions below.

    • Input the information on the "501 506 522 WI EXAM" spreadsheet on the Exam tab.

    • If the return contains HSH income, indicate in the comments section that there is HSH and the amount.

    • If referring an OAR to Exam, keep the OAR control base open until the -L freeze posts to CC TXMODA. This process may take up to four weeks from the time the referral is sent to the POC, so request an extension if needed. Four weeks should cover the time from when the referral is made to when the case appears on CC AMDISA.

    WI Exam - Add to this tab prior year returns which have wages/withholding, ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ CANNOT have a Schedule C. The case may have HSH.
    • Input the information on the "WI EXAM" spreadsheet on the Exam tab.

    • If the return contains HSH income, indicate in the comments section that there is HSH and the amount.

    • If referring an OAR to Exam, keep the OAR control base open until the -L freeze posts to CC TXMODA. This process may take up to four weeks from the time the referral is sent to the POC, so request an extension if needed. Four weeks should cover the time from when the referral is made to when the case appears on CC AMDISA.

    SBSE Exam - Add to this tab returns with Schedule C, Schedule E, or Schedule F, or Form 2106. Must also have wages/withholding that do not verify and credits claimed. May also have HSH income.

    Note:

    A Schedule C loss greater than $25,000 can be referred to SBSE Exam even when wages and withholding verify.

    • Input the information on the "SBSE EXAM" spreadsheet on the Exam tab.

    • If return has both Schedule C and HSH, notate in the comments column that there is both Schedule C and HSH. These must meet Exam ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡. These returns must also have wages and or withholding that do not verify.

    • If referring an OAR to Exam, keep the OAR control base open until the -L freeze posts to CC TXMODA. This process may take up to four weeks from the time the referral is sent to the POC, so request an extension if needed. Four weeks should cover the time from when the referral is made to when the case appears on CC AMDISA.

Prompt Assessments

  1. What is a Prompt Assessment?

    A Prompt Assessment is required when the taxpayer identification number (TIN) owners’ return, with a tax greater than zero, was removed (zeroed out) or was not assessed and the Assessment Statute Expiration Date (ASED) is within 90 days of expiring.

    If Then
    the TIN owners return was backed out and needs to be re-instated.
    • Adjust the account with a transaction code (TC) 290 for .00 and:

      Caution:

      Ensure the TC 290 amount is ALWAYS .00 when 90 days or less are remaining on the ASED.


      Include item/credit reference numbers to reflect the correct amount of exemptions, adjusted gross income (AGI), taxable income (TXI), self-employment tax (SET), etc.
      Adjust credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) etc.
      Use a Hold Code 4 to prevent a notice and refund from generating and input a priority code 8.

    • Complete Form 2859, Request for Quick or Prompt Assessment.

    • Input TC 971 action code (AC) 506 "WI PRP OTHER1" and reverse any prior TC 971 AC 506. If TC 971 AC 505 is present and there is a good address reverse and replace with "WI AM OTHER" .

    • Assemble the Assessment package. See the RIVO portal for detailed instructions.

    • Route the package to accounting function.

    • Monitor the account for the adjustment to post.

      Caution:

      If the adjustment does not post before the ASED expires, there could be a barred assessment.

    • Once all actions are posted close all RIVO controls.

Barred Assessments

  1. What is a Barred Assessment?

    A Barred Assessment occurs when the taxpayer identification number (TIN) owners return with a tax greater than zero was removed (zeroed out) or was not assessed and the Assessment Statute Expiration Date (ASED) has expired. Follow the table below to correct the account:

    If Then
    1
    For barred assessments of ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ or more.
    • Adjust the account with a transaction code (TC) 290 for .00 and:
      Include item/credit reference numbers to reflect the correct amount of exemptions, adjusted gross income (AGI), taxable income (TXI), self-employment tax (SET), etc.
      Adjust credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) etc.
      Use a Hold Code 4 to prevent a notice and refund from generating and input a priority code 8.

    • Issue a manual refund to the taxpayer, including applicable interest, for the overpayment (refund) that the taxpayer is entitled to. See IRM 21.4.4.2, What Is a Manual Refund?.

    • Prepare Form 9355, The Barred Statute Report, per IRM 25.25.13.7.1, Form 9355, The Barred Statute Report.

    • Prepare a Form 8758, Excess Collection File Addition, to move any remaining credit (generally the amount of the tax that cannot be assessed) to Excess (6800 Account). See IRM 3.17.220.2.2.1, Preparation of Form 8758.

    • Input TC 971 action code (AC) 296.

    • Open a monitoring control, "M" status, with activity "ADJ2POST" , and category "MISC" . Once the adjustment posts update the control to "F8758MMDD" where "MMDD" is 6 weeks from the adjustment date for suspense to track the Form 8758 submission to Excess Collection.

    • If the return is in the Scheme Tracking and Referral System (STARS), update the disposition to "DL" to have the return deleted from STARS. Add STARS note: "Account backed out as IDT in error. Adjustment reversed. Barred assessment" .

    • Input/Update AMS notes per IRM 21.2.2.4.5, Account Management Services (AMS): "Account backed out as IDT in error. Adjustment reversed. Barred assessment" .

    • Prepare the Statute and Accounting packets

      Note:

      See Barred Assessment Guide on the RIVO Portal for more detailed information

      .

    • Monitor the account for all actions to be completed.

    • Close all RIVO control bases after all account actions are complete.

    2
    For barred assessments of less than ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡.
    • Input a TC 971 AC 090 on command code (CC) TXMODA to identify the under tolerance erroneous abatement. Enter "R" when the cross reference TIN is the same as the account TIN.

    • Adjust the account with a TC 290 for .00 and:
      Include item/credit reference numbers to reflect the correct amount of exemptions, AGI, TXI, SET, etc.
      Adjust credits, such as EITC or ACTC etc.
      Use a Hold Code 4 to prevent a notice and refund from generating and input a priority code 8.

    • Issue a manual refund to the taxpayer, including applicable interest, for the overpayment (refund) that the taxpayer is entitled to. See IRM 21.4.4.2, What Is a Manual Refund?

    • Prepare a Form 8758, Excess Collection File Addition, to move any remaining credit (generally the amount of the tax that cannot be assessed) to Excess (6800 Account). See IRM 3.17.220.2.2.1, Preparation of Form 8758.

    • Open a monitoring control in "M" status, with activity "ADJ2POST" , and category "MISC" . Once the adjustment posts update the control to "F8758MMDD" where "MMDD" is 6 weeks from the adjustment date for suspense to track the Form 8758 submission to Excess Collection.

    • If the return is in STARS, update the disposition to "DL" to have the return deleted from STARS. Add STARS note: "TC 150 was good TP’s return, treated as bad in error."

    • Input/Update AMS notes per IRM 21.2.2.4.5, Account Management Services (AMS).

    • Monitor the account for the posting of the Excess transaction.

    • Close all RIVO control bases after all account actions are completed.

Form 9355, The Barred Statute Report

  1. The Form 9355, Barred Statute Report, is prepared and assembled by the organization responsible for the loss of the assessment or the function /organization responsible for the lack of appropriate action, that allowed the tax assessment period to expire without a valid tax assessment being made.

  2. The area responsible for the barred assessment will prepare the Form 9355, as appropriate, for their function, and forward to the Accounts Management (AM) Statute Function.

  3. Prior to forwarding the Form 9355 to the AM Statute Function, Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO) Management will take the following actions:

    1. RIVO creates a PDF on the shared drive in the "Form 9355 Package" folder. Use the following naming convention for the folder: date the case was created in YYYYMMDD format, the last 4 digits of the taxpayer identification number (TIN) and the first 4 letters of the last name (Example Case Creation Date 09/30/2020, TIN XXX-00-1234, Taxpayer name Mary Poodle - Folder name 20200930 1234 POOD) .

      Exception:

      When a package is delivered from Statute for signature route to the RIVO Statue Coordinator.

    2. RIVO will prepare the Form 9355.

      Note:

      While most lines on the form are self explanatory, the Barred Assessment Data section, Lines 9 a - f should be completed as follows:
      Line 9a. - Enter the tax deficiency amount.
      Line 9b. - Enter if applicable, the interest on the deficiency computed to the month, day, and year(mmddyy).
      Line 9c - Enter if applicable, penalties assessed.
      Line 9d - Enter the total of Lines 9a, b, and c.
      Line 9e - Enter only the amount of the available nonrefundable credits or payments equal to the amount in 9d. If the available credits exceed Line 9d, document it in the Chronological Sequence of Events section.
      Line 9f - Enter only the Net Loss to the Government. Therefore, if nonrefundable credits exceed the total on Line 9d, then enter zero(.00). However, if the nonrefundable credits are insufficient to cover that total, then enter the difference. For example, if Line 9d total $1,000 and available credits and payments are $800, enter $200 as the net loss.

    3. RIVO will download or scan any supporting documents (including command code (CC) TXMODA after all transactions post and the account is in zero balance. The account MUST be at a zero balance prior to submitting the Form 9355. Include in the order listed, the following when submitting the Form 9355 package:
      1. Form 9355
      2. Barred Assessment Sheet
      3. Form 8758 (Copy of only Part 1 per transfer to XSF)
      4. TXMODA print
      5. Copy of Tax Return

    4. When the case file is complete, send to the RIVO Statue Coordinator for review (see below Package Review Steps). If any correction is needed, the Statute Coordinator will place the package in the "Returned for Correction" folder and notify the Manager of the Barred Assessment team.
      Package Review Steps:
      • Ensure the TIN and tax period are correct on all forms and TXMOD print.
      • Ensure the amount totals on the Form 9355, Form 8758 and TXMOD are correct and balance.
      • Ensure there are no Freeze codes on the account.

      Exception:

      Freeze Codes beyond RIVO’s purview to reverse/correct. For example, -S (Presidential declared disaster freeze), -O (Disaster freeze), -V (Bankruptcy), etc.


      • Ensure the account has a zero balance.
      • Ensure there are no pending transactions on TXMOD.

    5. When the case file is complete, RIVO Statue Coordinator will move the case file to the "Ready for Manager" folder and then notify the manager via e-mail to sign the Form 9355.

    6. The manager will sign the Form 9355 and move the case to the "Ready for Department Manager" folder and then notify the Department Manager via e-mail to sign the Form 9355.

    7. The Department Manager will sign the Form 9355 and move the case file to the "Ready for Operation Manager" signature folder and notify the Operation Manager via e-mail to sign the Form 9355.

    8. The Operation Manager will sign the Form 9355 and move the case file to the "Ready for RIVO Policy and Analysis (P&A) Staff Review" folder and then notify RIVO P&A staff via e-mail that the package is ready for review and the Director’s signature.

    9. RIVO P&A staff will review the package for completeness and move the case file to the "Ready for Director" signature folder and notify the Director via e-mail that the Form 9355 package is ready for signature.

    10. Once the Director signs the Form 9355, RIVO P&A staff will move the case file into the "Routing to Statute" folder and will notify RIVO Statue Coordinator the package is ready for routing to Statute.

    11. RIVO will print the entire package and route to Statute. RIVO will move the case file to the applicable "Completed FY 20XX" folder.

Erroneous Abatement Procedures for Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO)

  1. There may be instances when the taxpayer’s return data has been removed from the tax account due to a clerical error and needs to be reinstated. A clerical error occurs when multiple returns are filed and the taxpayer’s valid return data is removed from the account in a batch process, however the assessment statute is barred. Most of the accounts will be handled as Barred Assessments See IRM 25.25.13.7, Barred Assessments.

    Example:

    The batch tool backed out the valid return data due to the identity theft (IDT) document locator number (DLN) in the Scheme Tracking and Referral System (STARS) being a different DLN than the transaction code (TC) 150, resulting in the good return being backed out.

    See IRM 25.6.1.10.2, Erroneous Abatement, and follow the chart below to resolve the account:

    Caution:

    Before working any account as a clerical error, see your lead to ensure it meets clerical error criteria.

    If Then
    1
    For erroneous tax abatements of any amount where the Assessment Statute Expiration Date (ASED) has not expired.
    Adjust the account back to the original return data and release the refund as appropriate.
    2
    For erroneous tax abatements over ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ and the ASED has expired.
    • Adjust the account with a TC 290 for .00 and:
      Include item/credit reference numbers to reflect the correct amount of exemptions, adjusted gross income (AGI), taxable income (TXI), self-employment tax (SET), etc.
      Adjust credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) etc.
      Use a Hold Code 4 to prevent a notice and refund from generating and input a priority code 8.

    • Issue a manual refund to the taxpayer, including applicable interest, for the f overpayment (refund) that the taxpayer is entitled to. See IRM 21.4.4.2, What Is a Manual Refund?.

    • Prepare a Form 8758, Excess Collection File Addition, to move any remaining credit (generally the amount of the tax that cannot be assessed) to Excess (6800 Account). See IRM 3.17.220.2.2.1, Preparation of Form 8758.

    • Open a monitoring control, with activity "87582EXCES" , and category "MISC" , to track the Form 8758 submission to Excess Collection.

    Follow IRM 25.6.1.10.2.2.3, Correction of Erroneous Abatement Cases by the Originating Function.
    • If the return is in STARS, update the disposition to "DL" to have the return deleted from STARS. Add STARS note: "TC 150 return was good TP’s return, IDT batch tool backed out the incorrect DLN, issue meets clerical error criteria."

    • Input/Update AMS notes per IRM 21.2.2.4.5, Account Management Services (AMS).

    • Monitor the account for the posting of the Excess transaction.

    • Close all RIVO control bases after all actions are completed.

    3
    For erroneous tax abatement of ≡ ≡ ≡ or less and the ASED has expired.
    • Input a TC 971 action code (AC) 090 on command code (CC) TXMODA to identify the under tolerance erroneous abatement.

    • Adjust the account with a TC 290 for .00 and:
      Include item/credit reference numbers to reflect the correct amount of exemptions, AGI, TXI, SET, etc.
      Adjust credits, such as EITC or ACTC etc.
      Use a Hold Code 4 to prevent a notice and refund from generating and input a priority code 8.

    • Issue a manual refund to the taxpayer, including applicable interest, for the amount of overpayment (refund) that the taxpayer is entitled to. See IRM 21.4.4.2, What Is a Manual Refund?

    • Prepare a Form 8758, Excess Collection File Addition, to move any remaining credit (generally the amount of the tax that cannot be assessed) to Excess (6800 Account). See IRM 3.17.220.2.2.1, Preparation of Form 8758.

    • Open a monitoring control, with activity "87582EXCES" , and category "MISC" , to track the Form 8758 submission to Excess Collection.

    • If the return is in STARS, update the disposition to "DL" to have the return deleted from STARS. Add STARS note: "TC 150 return was good TP’s return, IDT batch tool backed out the incorrect DLN, issue meets clerical error criteria" .

    • Input/Update AMS notes per IRM 21.2.2.4.5, Account Management Services (AMS).

    • Monitor the account for the posting of the Excess transaction.

    • Close all RIVO control bases after all actions are completed.

Releasing the Refund

  1. When a determination is made that a refund stopped by Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO) can be released, follow the steps below:

    • Research payments on the account - ensure the payment(s) belong to the taxpayer identification number (TIN) owner. See IRM 21.5.7.3.1, Remittance Transaction Research (RTR) System.

    • Research for additional freeze codes. Follow IRM 21.5.6, Freeze Codes for procedures.

    • Research the account for credit elect requirements per IRM 21.4.6.5.6, Credit Elects.

  2. "Refiling" the return in the Electronic Fraud Detection System (EFDS) will generate a transaction code (TC) 972 action code (AC) 134 and will release the refund. If the following conditions are present, the refund will need to be manually released:

    • The account contains a TC 971 AC 199

    • The account contains a RIVO computer condition code (CCC) "1" or "3"

    • The account contains a P- freeze or -K freeze

  3. Analyze the account for manual refund criteria per IRM 21.4.4.3, Why Would a Manual Refund be Needed?. Once a determination is made, follow the table below:

    Note:

    Before releasing a refund analyze IDRS using command code (CC) TXMODA to determine that another area will not be impacted.

    If Then
    Manual Refund Criteria is met. See IRM 25.25.13.10, Manual Refund Criteria for Return Integrity Verification Operations.
    Manual Refund Criteria is not met, and the refund must be released manually.

    Note:

    Do not input a TC 972 AC 134 when "Refiling" the return in EFDS.

    Input the following based on the account conditions:
    • If a transaction code (TC) 150 is not posted to the module AND a TC 971 AC 134 is posted - input a TC 972 AC 134.

    • If a computer condition code (CCC)"1" or CCC "3" is posted - input a TC 290 for .00 and input a TC 972 AC 134.

    • If a CC NOREF was input to stop the refund (a P- freeze is posted) - input a TC 290 for .00 and input a TC 972 AC 134.

    • If a -K freeze is posted - input a TC 290 for .00 and input a TC 972 AC 134.

    • If a TC 971 AC 199 or a manually input TC 971 AC 134 is posted, input a TC 972 AC 134.

    • If the DLN Block and Serial number of the TC 570 is anything other than 77777, input a TC 571 and a TC 972 AC 134.

    • If no TC 971 AC 134 is posted to the account, input TC 571. Do not add a TC 972 AC 134.

  4. If the refund is released and the return is in the Scheme Tracking and Referral System (STARS), update the return disposition to either "DL" or "WL" , to be deleted from STARS. Input a note in STARS explaining the reason for the scheme deletion request per Exhibit 25.25.13-1, STARS Delete Reasons.

    Note:

    Only Headquarters or the designated RIVO POC can input STARS status code "WL" .

Manual Refund Criteria for Return Integrity Verification Operations

  1. The following reasons require a manual refund by Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO):

    • Deceased Taxpayer accounts

    • Statute Barred

    • Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) requests

  2. Research the account for RIVO indicators. Ensure the RIVO issue has been resolved and the taxpayer is entitled to the refund.

  3. Follow the chart below to resolve the account:

    If And Then
    1
    Deceased Taxpayer Account.
    there is a Form 1310, Statement of Person Claiming Refund Due a Deceased Taxpayer, or other documentary evidence per IRM 3.11.3.10.3, Documentary Evidence, on the account, as an Account Management Services (AMS) image or received from another function,

    Exception:

    If it has been more than 12 months since the Form 1310 was received, follow instructions in box 2 below.

    , See IRM 21.6.6.4.22.2, Processing Decedent Account Refunds, for additional information.
    Issue the manual refund per RIVO procedures. See Manual Refund Referral.

    Note:

    Form 1310 must be present before referring the case to the manual refund team.

    2
    Deceased Taxpayer Account.
    there is no Form 1310 on the account or as an AMS image and no Letter 18C, Decedent Refund (Form 1310 Requested), was issued within the last 12 months.
    • Issue a Letter 18C, Decedent Refund (Form 1310 Requested), to the Estate of, if no second name line is present, requesting the Form 1310. See RIVO SERP Portal for the appropriate paragraph letters Letter 18C.

      Note:

      If the Letter 18C was issued within the last 12 months and no response was received, DO NOT re-issue the letter and follow the instructions in box 3 below.

    • Close the transcript or Form 4442, Inquiry Referral, control base. Open a new control base to your IDRS number with the following information:
      C#,LTR18C2TP,M,MISC
      *,*.

    • Monitor the account for 45 days. If no response is received after 45 days follow block 3 below.

      Note:

      If a response is received after completing steps in 3 below, follow steps in 4 below.

    3
    Deceased Taxpayer Account.
    Letter 18C previously issued within the last 12 months and no response received Move the credit to excess.
    • Prepare a Form 8758, Excess Collection File Addition, to move any remaining credit (generally the amount of the tax that cannot be assessed) to Excess (6800 Account). See IRM 3.17.220.2.2.1, Preparation of Form 8758.

    • Close the transcript or Form 4442 control. Open a monitoring control, with activity "87582EXCES" , and category "MISC," to track the Form 8758 submission to Excess Collection.

    • Close the control once the money has moved.

    4
    Decedent taxpayer
    Previous Letter 18C was issued and response received is incomplete or incorrect
    • Issue a second Letter 18C, Decedent Refund (Form 1310 Requested), to the Estate of, if no second name line is present, requesting the missing information. Please see the RIVO SERP Portal for the appropriate paragraph letters. See RIVO SERP Portal for the appropriate paragraph letters Letter 18C

    • Close the transcript or Form 4442, Inquiry Referral, control base. Open a new control base to your IDRS number with the following information: C#,LTR18CTP,M,MISC *,*

    • Monitor the account for 45 days. If no response is received after 45 days follow block 3 above.

      Note:

      If a response is received after completing steps in 3 above, see 5 below for further instructions.


    5
    Deceased Taxpayer Account
    Letter 18C previously issued within the last 12 months and documentary evidence was received after completing steps in 3 above to move the credit to Excess Collection.

    Note:

    The credit normally takes five days to be moved to the Excess Collection account once the Form 8758 is received. If documentary evidence is received prior to the credit being moved, contact the Excess Collection function to have the request withdrawn and then follow the steps in 1 above. See the listing for the Excess Collection point of contact numbers for withdrawing the request Excess Collection

    • Complete Form 8765 IDRS Control File Application. See IRM 21.5.7.4.4.2, Form 8765, IDRS Control File Credit Application for instructions on completing the form.

    • Once the credit re-post to the account, follow steps in 1 above to issue the manual refund.


    6
    Deceased Taxpayer Account
    There is a second name line Refer to IRM 21.6.6.4.22.2, Processing Decedent Account Refunds and IRM 3.11.3.10.3, Documentary Evidence.
    7
    Statute Barred.
    meets erroneous abatement criteria IRM 25.25.13.8, Erroneous Abatement Procedures for Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO). Issue the manual refund per RIVO procedures. See Manual Refund Referral.
    8
    TAS Requests.
      Give TAS authority to grant the manual refund on hardship accounts or Issue the manual refund per RIVO procedures. See Manual Refund Referral.

Manual Refund Procedure - Manual Refund Team Only

  1. Procedures in this IRM are for Return Integrity Verification Operation (RIVO) teams issuing manual refunds.

  2. Designated teams will follow the procedures below to review, issue and monitor manual refunds. Utilize the Manual Refund Checklist on the RIVO portal

    Action IRM Reference
    Research the account Follow the instructions in IRM 21.4.4, What Research is Required?
    Prepare the Manual Refund forms Follow the instructions in IRM 21.4.4.5, Preparation of Manual Refund Forms
    Other Manual Refund Requirements Follow the instructions in IRM 21.4.4.6, Other Manual Refund Requirements
    • Manual Refunds $1 million or more - follow paragraph 1 - 3

    • Other scenarios - see paragraphs 4-9 for the applicable scenario to follow

    Monitor the manual refund Follow the instructions in IRM 21.4.4.6.1, Monitoring Manual Refunds

STARS Delete Reasons

STARS Delete Reason Standard Note
1
MFT 32 reversal
"non id theft"
2
IDT deemed non IDT and income/withholding verified
"TP authenticated and income/withholding verified"
3
WOW/AQC process substantiated information
"Income/withholding/credits verified by documentation"
4
Not full year prisoner - not GATT
"Not full year prisoner"
5
Income/withholding verified
"Verifies per IRPTR or Verifies per SSA_ORS Database as applicable"

Transferring Credits to Excess

Apply credits to tax in the following order:

  1. Credit elect (TC 710, TC 716)

  2. Estimated tax payments (TC 660)

  3. Payments made on or before the return due date (TC 670, TC 610)

  4. Withholding (transaction code (TC) 806, TC 800)

  5. Credit allowance (TC 766)

  6. Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) (TC 764, TC 768)

  7. Payments made after the return due date (TC 670, TC 640, etc.)

Move credits to excess collections in the reverse order as follows:

  1. Payments made after the return due date (on statute transcripts, do not move off credits less than 3 years old. These could be refundable.)

  2. EITC (TC 764, TC 768)

  3. Credit allowance (TC 766)

  4. Withholding (transaction code (TC) 806, TC 800)

  5. Payments made on or before the return due date (TC 670, TC 610)

  6. Estimated payments (TC 660)

  7. Credit elect (TC 710, TC 716)

When moving credits to excess:

  • Each credit uses the document locator number (DLN) of that credit

  • Each credit is moved separately, even if there are two of the same credits

  • TC 806, TC 766, TC 764, TC 768, etc. are moved as a TC 820

  • Payments are moved with a reversal such as TC 670 with a TC 672

  • Always use the received date and DLN of each payment

See IRM 25.6.1.7.3.1, Transferring Credits to XSF

Scheme Tracking and Referral System (STARS) Disposition Definitions

The table below describes the STARS disposition status codes.

Note:

It is critical to check the Category Code and Disposition of each DLN before updating STARS. The correct combination is needed for the systemic processes to work. Please see IRM for additional information.

Reminder:

STARS Disposition NR means the DLN is not referable to AM or Exam through EFDS and actions must be taken via the Manual Referral Spreadsheet to refer the DLN for further processing.

STARS Disposition Status Disposition Description Disposition Usage Details
A1 QRP Category 1 Pending BRO AM Referral Special Project  
A2 QRP Category 2 Pending BRO AM Referral Special Project  
A9 Category 99 manual referrals to AQC (HQ only) Special Project  
AA Resolved (accepted by AM) Systemic  
AC AM Reject Corrected (Austin use only) Special Project  
AE Accepted by Exam Systemic  
AF Bad/Bad IDT Account with minus A freeze on module Available for update IDRS has an open control to 1487777777 and all returns are deemed IDT
AL Closed (Account Settled on AA) Available for update WOW, External Leads & statute process when making an adjustment for disallowance or there is an erroneous abatement and return is being added to DFS spreadsheet
AM Referred to BRO Accounts Management Special Project  
AP Adjustment FDCs (Monitoring) Special Project  
AQ ACCEPTED by AQC Systemic  
BA Bundle for AM Available for update  
BB ID THEFT BAD/BAD Available for update  
BE Bundle for Exam Available for update  
BG ID THEFT BG Available for update IDT /Good and Open Control to RIVO, (Ex. NCAT, ECAT) (IDT return is TC 150) - no - A freeze present on module
BQ Batch AQC Available for update  
BT Below Tolerance Special Project  
CA Corrected for AM (Reject) Available for update Used to update a disposition that has been holding in the same status for longer than 60 days, or a return with no disposition (field is blank). The use of these codes is determined by the refundable credits on the account. Returns claiming no credits or refundable credits under $500.00. External Leads rejects and IDT overages also use this in their workflow.
CC Returned Refund Check received in Centralized Check Program (CCP) Available for update Confirmed IDT TC 841 posted with no money posted and resolved by RIVO
CD CADE Return Lost Refund Final Special Project  
CE Corrected for Exam (Reject) Available for update Used to update a disposition that has been holding in the same status for longer than 60 days, or a return with no disposition (field is blank). The use of these codes is determined by the refundable credits on the account. Returns claiming refundable credits of more than $500.00. External Leads rejects and IDT overages also use this in their workflow.
CI CI ID Theft Inventory Received Special Project  
CL Closed (Account Settled) Available for update Account is closed, the case has been fully resolved by RIVO (CAT 7) or another business unit (CAT 5). Should not be changed without manager/lead determination and approval.
CO Return Sent to Collections Special Project  
CQ Corrected for AQC (Reject) Available for update  
CT Confirmed ID Theft per TP response Available for update  
CX ID Reject (Return is not Identity Theft) Special Project  
DB CI ID Theft Received Ignore IRP Special Project  
DD Multi DD Ref flip to Paper return Undel treat as IDT Special Project  
DE Deferred Exam Inventory Special Project PY2018 QRP Clean-up
DL Delete from STARS Available for update  
DR R17 DD Rej Flip to Paper Ref rel rtn Undel trt IDT Special Project  
E5 Manual Referral to WOW Available for update True TP Wage/wh and no refundable credits; see Manual Referral Disposition Tab
E6 Manual Referral to AQC Available for update True TP Wage/WH and refundable credits; see Manual Referral Disposition Tab
E7 Manual Referral to WI Exam Available for update True TP HSH with refundable credits; see Manual Referral Disposition Tab
E8 Manual Referral to SBSE Exam Available for update True TP Sch C with refundable credits; see Manual Referral Disposition Tab
E9 Category 99 manual referrals to Exam (HQ only) Special Project  
EC Exam QRP case closed Available for update  
EL Closed (Account Settled on AE) Available for update  
EO Account settled on Older Exam (AE) Cases   HQ Only - Special Project
ET Exam Tolerance Special Project  
EX Return Sent to Exam Special Project  
FF FRIV Filer Special Project  
GB ID THEFT GB Available for update Good/IDT and either Credit Balance, Zero Balance, or Balance Due
GT Gas Tax/Fuel Excise to Exam Special Project  
HA Hold AM Special Project  
HE Hold Exam Special Project  
ID ID Theft AMTAP Available for update Used by FRE

Note:

Account will be resolved using the (RICS) IDT Tool

IP In Process Available for update  
JA AM Referral Rejected by MFDC Special Project  
JE Exam Referral Rejected by CFDC Special Project  
LF Prior -L freeze return to be included in open Exam audit Special Project  
LO Lost Refund Offset Special Project  
LR Lost Refund Final Special Project  
MA Manual Disallowance Adj Necessary Man WOW ref. Special Project FRE update only
ME Math Error No Refund Remains Final Special Project  
MR IDT Return Requiring Manual Review for Resolution Available for update Multiple TC 846, Offsets, etc.
ND CI Reviewed / Not Deleted Available for update  
NG No Go As EFDS Selected Referral Special Project  
NR Non Referable Return Systemic NR means that the return is non-referable. This disposition indicates that EFDS was unable to refer to any area. Correction or manual referral may be necessary when a return is in this disposition. Review for possible correction before using manual referral process.
NS No Selection Special Project  
NT No TC 150 Posted to Master File Special Project  
O1 IDT return with good TP address Available for update Address is not to be changed when resolved
OA Offset Adjustment Needed Special Project  
OM Operation Mass Mailing Available for update  
PA Pending Referral to AM Systemic In the process of being referred; and should not be changed if they are <60 days
PE Pending Referral to Exam Systemic In the process of being referred; and should not be changed if they are <60 days
PJ Identity Theft Project Special Project  
PL Prisoner Listing Special Project  
PN Pending Actions Special Project In the process of being referred; and should not be changed if they are <60 days
PQ Pending REFERRAL to AQC Systemic In the process of being referred; and should not be changed if they are <60 days
PT "Premium Tax Credit " Available for update Questionable Premium Tax Credit (in process of fraud determination)
PU ID THEFT DDb Filter Fraud Available for update Unpostable 126 RC 0 DLN is deemed IDT during the TPP process. This is a final disposition and should not be changed unless return posted and is being moved into IDT treatment stream.
QC Account settled on Older AQC Case   HQ Only - Special Project
QL Closed (Account Settled on AQ) Available for update Same as CL for IDT or PU for TPP
QX Rejected while in Waiting for AQC Referral Systemic  
R7 Non-Compliant Rule 7 Filter Cases Available for update DDb Non-Compliant filter Rule 7 (with both AOTC and ACTC credits) these are non-income related issues. (In process of fraud determination)
RA Referral to AM Special Project  
RE Referral to Exam Special Project  
RR Ready for Release Special Project  
RV Review for identity theft Special Project  
S1 ID THEFT SINGLE BAD NLR Available for update

Note:

Account will be resolved using the (RICS) IDT Tool

S2 ID THEFT SINGLE BAD LR Available for update Spreadsheet work done by TEs one TC 846 for the entire refund or part of the refund - may have a Tax Offset (TC 826/896) (Not a TOP Offset) - no good address for the taxpayer
SB Single Bad Available for update

Note:

Account will be resolved using the (RICS) IDT Tool.

Selected when the TP was deceased prior to the tax year
ST Statute Return Special Project  
TA Taxpayer Advocate Case Special Project  
TR ID Theft Triage Required AMTAP Special Project  
TT GATT (full year prisoner claiming unallowable refundable credit) Available for update AQC treatment stream for GATT (in process of fraud determination)
W9 Category 99 manual referrals to WOW (HQ only) Special Project  
WA Waiting for AM referral (Automation) Systemic  
WC Account settled on WOW (AA) Cases   HQ Only - Special Project
WL Refund released due to workload Special Project Headquarter and RIVO POC update only
WQ Waiting for AQC Referral Systemic  
XA Rejected by AM Systemic  
XE Rejected by Exam Systemic  
XQ REJECTED by AQC Systemic  
XW Rejected while in waiting for AM referral (Auto) Systemic  
ZA AM Reject after aging (Austin Use Only) Special Project  
ZC AM REJECT after aging corrected (Austin Only) Special Project  
ZF Z- Freeze Available for update  
ZZ CI Use Only Special Project  

Scheme Tracking and Referral System (STARS) Category Definitions

STARS Category Category Description
Category 1 Nullity
Category 2 No refundable credits
Category 3 Refundable credits (EITC)
Category 4 Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC)
Category 5 Account worked by another function
Category 6 Phishing/Bulk filing
Category 7 Identity Theft
Category 8 Questionable Refundable Credits including ACA 15 Premium Tax Credit (PTC)
Category 9 Return Preparer (RPP)

RIVO Form 4442 Queues

RIVO 4442 Queues Conditions and Related IRM references
RICS RIVO - Complex Issue not ID Theft
  • Accounts that are not ID Theft with RIVO Involvement.

  • Accounts may have a previous adjustment (290 or 291) and are requesting the adjustment be reversed.

Note:

Accounts may have "resolved" IDT issues. If the return transactions have been "backed out" the IDT issue is considered "resolved" for RIVO purposes even if IDT indicators remain unreversed

RICS RIVO - Unresolved Module Freeze Only

Note:

Only work if no indicators for other functions such as AQC, WOW, TPP, Exam, External Lead, or FRIV

TXMOD for the taxpayer's account has either a -K, P-, or -R freeze
See CSR IRM 21.5.6.4.35.3.1, -R Freeze Phone Procedures For Accounts With RIVO Involvement and IRM 21.5.6.4.35.3.2 , -R Freeze Paper Procedures For Accounts With RIVO Involvement
See CSR IRM 21.5.6.4.22," -K Freeze" and CSR IRM 21.5.6.4.31.2, P- Freezes with RIVO involvement
RICS RIVO - ID Theft Issue
  • Potential Identity Theft return has indications that the return was not submitted by or may not belong to the owner of the Social Security Number (SSN) on the return.

  • IDRS - Open/Closed control base
    - Activity Code ID -THEFT with category code NCAT

  • ENMOD
    - 971-506 - IRS Identified IDT
    - 971-522 - Pending Claim of Identity Theft Documents received (Form 14039 was received)
    - 971-524 - Locked Account - DECD or has no filing requirement

    Note:

    The above indicators do not necessarily indicate RIVO Involvement for the current tax period. If there is current RIVO involvement, the indicators should be posted to ENMOD for the tax year in question.

  • AMS
    - CSR stated the TP is a victim of ID Theft
    - Submitted 14039, Identity Theft Form or TP will submit

    Note:

    Do not rely solely on AMS notes to determine if a case should be rejected to a different queue. The above are just some examples of AMS notes that typically indicate ID Theft Issues.


RIVO IRM 25.25.4, Integrity & Verification Identity Theft Return Procedures
RICS RIVO - External Lead

An External Lead involve a questionable federal tax refund or offset (TC 826 or TC 898) that a source has determined it to be suspicious. The source could be from both internal and external sources such as financial institutions, state/federal/or local government agency, various other 3rd party sources. law enforcement, Criminal Investigation, SBSE Collection.

Note:

The primary source of leads involving an offset comes from the Office of Child Support Enforcement. The accounts will have an EL control base.

  • IDRS - Open control base with
    - BKL category code with IDRS 148XX0001
    - REQFUNDS category code with IDRS 148XX0002
    - BKLDCKRECD category code with IDRS 148XX0004
    - VALID150 category code with IDRS 148XX0007
    - BKLDACHREV category code with IDRS 148XX0005
    - BKLCOMNGLD category code with IDRS 148XX0004 or 148XX00007 (For this category this includes closed bases.

    Example:

    BKL, A,MISC, BKLDCKRECD,A,MISC; 148XX00001,*; 148XX00004,*

  • TXMOD
    - History Item DONOTRFUND


CSR IRM 21.2.4.3.18(7), Integrity & Verification Operation (RIVO) and Criminal Investigation (CI), Transcript Issues
CSR IRM 21.5.6.4.31.2, P- Freezes with RIVO Involvement
CSR IRM 25.25.8.7, Responding to Taxpayer Inquiries
RICS RIVO External Lead(cont.):
RICS RIVO - CP53A Reject 17 (TC 841 DLN 77711) - Name mismatch reject from bank
RICS RIVO - CP53B Reject 18 (TC 841 DLN 77712) - Possible ID Theft identified by bank
RICS RIVO - CP53C Reject 19 (TC 841 DLN 77713) - Potential Fraud identified by bank
RICS RIVO - CP53B Reject 23 (TC 841 DLN 77714) - Potential ID Theft identified by bank customer
Name Mismatch reject from bank
CSR IRM 21.5.6.4.31.2, P- Freezes with RIVO involvement
RICS RIVO - UP 147 RC 6/7
  • The UPC 147 RC 6 or UPC 147 RC 7 is closed, and the return was posted to MFT 32 (TC 971 AC 111 present on MFT 30) or was deleted (CC TRDBV shows GUF VOIDED/DELETED)


CSR IRM 21.4.1.3.1.2, Return Found/Not Processed
RIVO IRM 25.25.5.7.1.2, IRM 25.25.5.7.1.2, Integrity and Verification Operation (RIVO) Employees MFT 32 Reversal Procedures and IRM 25.25.5.3.3, Unpostable (UP) 147 Reason Code (RC) 8
RICS RIVO - WOW CP05A
  • Wage and withholding only returns (returns that verify as not employed or incorrect dollars)

  • Shows a CP05A sent

  • Adjustment that DQ with open or closed QRPA control to IDRS 148XXXXXX

  • If the case is MA in STARS and none of the indicators above (CP05A, DQ adjustment QRPA control) are present forward to Lead “MA in STARS” for case to be reassigned by lead or manager to the WOW queue

    Note:

    Any returns that verify as Verified OK should be worked.


CSR IRM 21.5.6.4.35.3.1, -R Freeze Phone Procedures For Accounts With IVO Involvement
RIVO IRM 25.25.11, Wage and Withholding Only (WOW) (Notice CP 05A) Procedures
RICS RIVO - ITIN ONLY - Wage/WH Verification AM Requests for ITIN Verifications ONLY
CSR IRM 21.6.3.4.2.2(14)(b), 1st Note, Withholding (W/H) Tax Credit
RIVO IRM 25.25.2.17, Screening Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) Returns
RICS RIVO - AQC

Note:

Form 4442s received on prisoner returns should be worked based off the status in EFDS using the appropriate RIVO IRMs. Cases should only be referred to AQC Inventory if the module contains the AQC Indicators

Automated Questionable Credits (AQC Indicators)
  • ENMOD
    - Shows 4800C/3219C letter sent
    - No correspondence sent when TXMOD AQC indicators are present

  • TXMOD
    - TC 971 AC128 with MISC field AQCPTC191 or AQCPTC195
    - Open Control base with the following category codes: QRPA, AQCD, AQCA, AQCI, and AQCO.


GATT Cases are prisoners with verified income who has claimed refundable credits. (Handling of GATT Cases)
CSR IRM 21.5.6.4.35.3.1, R Freeze Phone Procedures For Accounts With RIVO Involvement
RIVO IRM 25.25.7, Automated Questionable Credit Program
Unresolved TPP Indicators of open TPP involvement
  • Open Unpostable 126 RC 0

  • Open Unpostable 126 RC 0 with an unreversed marker 971-124
    -A 971-124 alone is not considered unresolved TPP

  • Unreversed 971-121 no notes in AMS that taxpayer has authenticated

  • An unreversed TC 971-129 indicating TPP review on a posted return

  • The inquiry states the return on MFT 32 belongs to the TIN owner. The account may contain a reversed 971-121 or reversed 971-124, a TC 971 AC 111 on MFT 30 & a TC 976 on MFT 32 or the return has been archived or deleted and CC TRDBV CODES screen shows an UP 126 RC 0 with no return posted on MFT 30 & a 971-506 WI PRP DDB on ENMOD


RIVO IRM 25.25.6, Taxpayer Protection Program

The following IRMs cite the only scenarios that meet RIVO TPP E4442 referral criteria:
IRM 25.25.6.2.3, Returns/Referrals Received from Revenue Officers
IRM 25.25.6.5.5.4, The Taxpayer’s Return has been Archived/Deleted
IRM 25.23.4.5.4.1, MFT 32 Cases – Moved in Error
IRM 21.5.6.4.9.1, E- Freeze Procedures for Unresolved TPP Issues
Any E4442 for a TPP case that does not match one of the above scenarios should be rejected to the originator for referral to the TPP line for resolution.
RICS RIVO - UP 147 RC 8 MEFile Returns Only
  • Return unposted as a U147 RC 8 and was deleted

  • Unpostable condition is UPC 147 RC 8 and CC ENMOD shows an unreversed TC 971 AC 506 with a MISC Field of:
    - CI OTHER
    - CI RC OMM
    - WI IVO OMM
    - WI AMTAP OMM


CSR IRM 21.4.1.3.1.2(2), Return Found/Not Processed
RIVO IRM 25.25.5.3.3, Unpostable (UP) 147 Reason Code (RC) 8
RIVO-Frivolous Filer Program (FRP) Frivolous Return Program
Any of the following Frivolous Indicators:
  • open FRIV base 14867 - 14869

  • -E freeze set by TC 810 -4

  • F- freeze set by TC 971 AC 089

  • Letter 3176C or CP 72 issued to TP


RIVO IRM 25.25.21, Frivolous Returns
CSR IRM 21.5.6.4.35.3.1(5), -R Freeze Phone Procedures for Accounts With Return Integrity Verification Operations (RIVO) Involvement
CSR IRM 21.5.6.4.10(30, -E Freeze
Never put the FRP unit open control (14867 -14869) in B status
Do not correspond with the TP when FRP indicators are present. The FRP unit will issue correspondence to the TP.