5.7.1 FTD Alerts

Manual Transmittal

February 21, 2020


(1) This transmits updated IRM 5.7.1, Trust Fund Compliance Handbook, FTD (Federal Tax Deposit) Alerts.

Material Changes

(1) IRM - Added contact information paragraph.

(2) IRM - Changed Collection Data Warehouse (CDW) to Integrated Production Model (IPM).

(3) IRM - Added Inventory Delivery System (IDS) to definitions and acronym.

(4) IRM - Removed CDW, Added IPM, Criminal Investigation (CI), Resources and Workload Management System (RWMS) and Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS).

(5) IRM - Updated IRM references.

(6) IRM - Change made to review IDRS items listed.

(7) IRM - Added clarification information regarding using L5664, FTD Alert Field Contact Letter.

(8) IRM - Added summary attribute to table for 508 compliance.

(9) IRM - Added paragraph to introduce new closing code option, "Alert Erroneously Created" .

(10) IRM - Added Note.

(11) IRM (2)(d) - Added paragraph regarding creating an ICS module for any balance due periods.

(12) IRM - Added clarification to note.

(13) IRM - Added GM requirements regarding new closing code, Alert Erroneously Created.

(14) IRM - Added Note.

(15) IRM - Added web address to TBOR

(16) IRM - Added Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) and web address.

(17) IRM - Added summary attribute to table for 508 compliance.

(18) IRM - Added clarification regarding Third Party Payer, Taxpayer First Act.

(19) IRM - Added Note.

(20) IRM - Added Note.

(21) IRM - Added "or become compliant."

(22) IRM - Added "Ensure all filing requirements are closed" .

(23) IRM - Added 6020(b) option.

(24) IRM - Added paragraph regarding bankruptcy litigation.

(25) IRM - Added new closing code option" Alert Erroneously Created" information.

(26) IRM - Added Note.

(27) Editorial changes were made throughout this IRM section.

Effect on Other Documents

This material supersedes IRM 5.7.1, dated May 10, 2017. This IRM incorporates Interim Guidance Memorandum SBSE-05-0219-0003, FTD Alert Procedures, dated 02/21/2019.


Revenue officers in SB/SE Field Collection

Effective Date


Nikki C. Johnson
Director, Collection Policy
Small Business/Self-Employed

Program Scope and Objectives

  1. This IRM provides IRS guidance on processes and procedures when working Federal Tax Deposit (FTD) Alerts.

  2. Purpose: This IRM section provides instructions for working Federal Tax Deposit (FTD) Alerts.

  3. Audience: The primary users of this IRM are Revenue Officers in Field Collection.

  4. Policy Owner: Director, Collection Policy, SB/SE .

  5. Program Owner: Collection Policy, SB/SE, Employment Tax (ET) is the program owner of this IRM.

  6. Primary Stakeholders: Field Collection

  7. Program Goals: Federal Tax Deposit (FTD) Alerts are used to determine an employer's compliance with employment tax deposit requirements for the quarter of the Alert issuance, and for subsequent quarters until the taxpayer is brought into full compliance. The FTD Alert process identifies, at an early stage (i.e., before the return is due), taxpayers who have fallen behind in their deposits.

  8. Contact Information: Recommendations and suggested changes to this IRM should be emailed to the content product owner. The owner is indicated on the Product Catalog Information page which is found in the Forms and Publications, IRM Numerical Index of the Media and Publications Electronic Publishing website.


  1. The FTD Alert Program is the only Collection tool available that identifies anomalies in an employer’s pattern of payroll tax deposits. Using this tool to anticipate deposits that are missed allows Field Collection the opportunity to interact with the taxpayer and proactively address potential problems as they develop, but before the amount owed exceeds the taxpayer’s ability to pay.


  1. The authorities for these policies are:

    • Congress mandated that IRS establish a system of making deposits by electronic fund transfer in order to expedite the collection of depository taxes. See IRC 6302(h)(1)(A), Establishment of system.

    • Congress has provided special procedures for the collection of depository taxes held in a special fund in trust for the United States. See IRC 7501(a).

    • Fairness Statement: Inventory Delivery System (IDS) prioritization ensures fairness and integrity through using an equitable process for all taxpayers by using systemic scoring and routing mechanisms to ensure no one individual can control the enforcement selection decision making process which aligns with Policy Statement P- 1- 236.


  1. Revenue Officers are responsible for reading and implementing the procedures listed in this IRM.

  2. Group Managers are responsible for reading and assigning FTD Alerts timely.

  3. The Senior Program Analyst is responsible for establishing the policy, procedures, standards and controls relating to the FTD Program.

  4. Employment Tax is responsible for ensuring compliance with policy and procedures regarding the FTD Program.

  5. The Director, Collection Policy is responsible for approving the official policy, procedures and completed IRM associated with the FTD Program.

Program Management and Review

  1. Program Reports: FTD Alert Reports are located on the Control D database. Form 5081 must be completed to obtain access to the Control D database. These reports provide the monthly activity regarding FTD Alert issuances, open FTD Alerts and FTD Alert closures.

  2. Program Effectiveness: The annual FTD Alert work plan volume is determined by Field Collection.

Program Controls

  1. FTD Alerts (A/B) are sent directly from Master File to the Integrated Collection System (ICS) for direct assignment to the Field.

  2. FTD Alerts (X) are created through Integrated Production Model (IPM) data obtained directly from Master File that is sent to ICS for direct assignment to the Field.


  1. The tables below provides a list of defined terms and abbreviations used throughout this IRM section.

  2. Defined terms are as follows:

    Defined Terms

    Word Definition Example of using a word that is open to interpretation
    Fair Provide accurate and professional service to all persons without regard to personal bias. Treat the customer in a fair, polite and courteous manner when working FTD Alerts.
    Timely - Group Manager Group Managers are to ensure FTD Alerts are assigned to ROs within seven calendar days of receipt Assignment to RO is considered timely when conducted within 7 calendar days.
    Timely - Revenue Officer The RO is to contact the taxpayer with 15 Calendar days of assignment of the FTD Alert. Initial contact is considered timely when made within 15 calendar days.
    Inventory Delivery System IDS reflects the anticipated level of difficulty of working on an entity and it is the primary system used to determine case difficulty level which is used to assign work by employee grade level. Work not graded by IDS receive their grade from the Resources and Workload Management System (RWMS) to determine the case difficulty level. FTD Alerts are usually graded as GS-11.



    Acronym Definition
    ACS Automated Collection Systems
    BMFOLR Business Master File Return Information
    BMFOLU Business Master File CAWR Response Screen
    BMFOLK Business Master File Look back Information
    BMFOLI Business Master File Summary Response
    CFINK Centralized Authorization File Inquiry
    CI Criminal Investigations
    FTD Federal Tax Deposits
    ICS Integrated Collection System
    IDRS Integrated Data Retrieval System
    IDS Inventory Delivery System
    IPM Integrated Production Model
    IQA ICS/ENTITY Quality Analyst
    NFTL Notice of Federal Tax Lien
    OOB Out of Business
    PEO Professional Employer Organization
    POA Power of Attorney
    PSP Payroll Service Provider
    RA Reporting Agent
    RO Revenue Officer
    RWMS Resources and Workload Management System
    STAUP Suppressing Balance Due Notices
    TAS Taxpayer Advocate Service
    TBOR Taxpayer Bill Of Rights
    TC Transaction Code
    TFRP Trust Fund Recovery Penalty
    TPP Third Party Payer


Criteria for FTD Alert Issuance

  1. FTD Alerts are issued on taxpayers who are classified as semiweekly depositors and who have not made FTDs during the current quarter or who have made them in substantially reduced amounts. They may be identified by the presence of TC 971 AC 046 on a tax module.

  2. The selection model analyzes past compliance history and current deposit patterns to identify taxpayers who are least likely to self-correct their tax deposit issues.

  3. There are three types of Alert issuances that are assigned for field contact. They are identified by the following systemically generated codes:

    • Potential Pyramider, identified by an Alert priority code of "A" . The taxpayer had modules in notice status in each of the prior two quarters.

    • Potential Noncompliant, identified by an Alert priority code of "B" . The taxpayer is considered to be likely to owe without intervention based on our identification and selection process.

    • Potentially At Risk, identified by an Alert priority code of "X" . The taxpayer is considered at risk of falling behind on their FTDs in the current quarter.

  4. The FTD Alert priority code will be present on the ICS FTD Alert Case Summary Screen.

Process for Alert Issuance

  1. Master File conducts the FTD Alert analysis in the twelfth cycle week of each calendar quarter. The FTD Alerts generate in the thirteenth week of each calendar quarter, in the months of March, June, September, and December.

Receipt of FTD Alerts

  1. Revenue Officer inventories should be at a level that will allow for the immediate assignment of the Alerts; however, under no circumstances should the assignment date exceed seven calendar days from the date the Alert arrives in the group designation hold file.

  2. Ensure the case sub code is listed as FTD Alert 105, per IRM, Field Collection Procedures and IRM, ICS and Entity Subcodes (Field Collection Area only). If the sub code is not listed as 105, immediately update ICS. FTD Alert sub codes are automatically changed by ICS when the FTD module closes, see IRM

Pre-Contact Research and Analysis

  1. Pre-contact analysis must be conducted on all Alerts prior to making contact on the FTD Alert.

    1. Review and analyze the items listed below on IDRS. Document the findings in ICS. Review additional IDRS command codes, as appropriate.
      BMFOLR - Monthly Tax Liabilities
      BMFOLU - All wages reported on Form 941, W-2 & W-3. This information can assist with identifying W-3 discrepancies and facts to assist with preparing unfiled returns
      BMFOLK - Type of Depositor
      BMFOLI - Verify Compliance History
      Review Cross Compliance
      CFINK - Determine if the taxpayer has a representative
      Review Prior TFRP assessments

    2. Review and analyze the taxpayer account for items listed below: (Document the findings in ICS.)
      Prior quarter deposits made
      Same quarter prior year tax due on the return
      Prior assessed FTD penalties

    3. Prepare Letter 5664, FTD Alert Field Contact Letter.

    4. The FTD Alert field contact letter will be used when the taxpayer is not present during the initial field call. A business "taxpayer" is not present if the sole proprietor, partner or a corporate officer who has authority to bind the partnership or the corporation is not present. The RO may provide the letter, in a sealed envelope, addressed to the sole proprietor, partner or corporate officer, to inform them of the purpose of the field visit.


      The letter can also be used as an official document for the taxpayer to provide to their preparer, accountant, or agent to assist in resolving the outstanding deposit discrepancies.

    5. The FTD Alert Field Contact Letter will be used when the taxpayer is not present, during the initial field call, and the RO meets with the third-party representative authorized to meet with the Service regarding federal tax deposits. If the Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative does not include the FTD Alert module, the RO may provide the letter to the authorized representative, in a sealed enveloped, addressed to the taxpayer to inform the taxpayer of the purpose of the field visit.

    6. The table at the bottom of Letter 5664 will be completed by the RO to include the deposit information made on the prior quarter, including penalties, and the deposits that appear on IDRS for the current quarter, to compare the difference (decrease) in the deposits received.

    7. The completed table will assist the taxpayer in understanding the purpose of the visit and guide the RO when explaining the specific decrease in deposits made along with the cost associated with making late federal tax deposits.

    8. FTD Alert Field Contact Letter table example below:

      Tax Quarter Tax Return Deposits Made Penalties Assessed
      Prior Quarter 12/31/2018 56,500.24 5,650.00
      Current Quarter 03/31/2019 15,225.24 N/A

      The above table provides an example of the tax return, deposits made and penalties assessed on the prior and current quarters.

    9. If the taxpayer has a representative or POA on file and all open periods, including the FTD Alert module are not reflected on Form 2848 or Form 8821, prepare to contact the taxpayer to secure an up-to-date form per IRM, Right to Representation.IRM,Contact Procedures for additional information regarding contacting POA.


      Form 8821 permits the appointee to receive confidential tax information for the purpose of assistance with a tax matter with the IRS. Form 8821 does not authorize a person to represent a taxpayer before the IRS: e.g., the appointee cannot negotiate with the IRS on behalf of the taxpayer or advocate the taxpayer’s position to IRS.

    10. Decide what issues to address during the initial contact with the taxpayer. Examples of issues to consider:
      Is the business current with FTDs?
      Why did the FTDs decrease?
      Is the business seasonal?
      Are the officers of the corporation in compliance?
      Does the taxpayer have a history of non-compliance?

    11. If the RO determines during Pre-Contact analysis that the assigned FTD Alert was created in error, see IRM, Alert Closing Procedures for additional information.


      ICS will only display the new closing code option "Alert Erroneously Created" on GM and IQA authorized access. RO’s will not be able to see the new FTD Alert closing code option on their ICS screen, however; RO’s should be aware that this option is available to discuss with their GM.

  2. If pre-contact research and analysis reveals:

    1. The taxpayer is no longer required to deposit employment taxes or file employment tax returns, verify final return information is posted on IDRS and close the FTD Alert as Not Required to Deposit. If you suspect the business is "out of business" , and the final return information has not posted to IDRS, work the FTD Alert to verify status of the business before closing the FTD Alert.

    2. The taxpayer is not liable for deposits for the FTD Alert quarter, make the field call to verify the deposit frequency, then close the FTD Alert as Not Required to Deposit. Remember to input TC 590:50 for the FTD Alert module only. The taxpayer may be liable for future quarter employment tax.

    3. The taxpayer is in status 22 and assigned to Automated Collection Systems (ACS), the RO needs to contact the ACS Support Liaison for the corresponding call site to request case transfer. Per IRM, ACS contact information for this purpose can be found at SERP under the Who/Where tab, ACS Liaisons: ACS Support and Status 22 TAS Liaisons., ACS Support and Status 22 TAS Liaisons. Once the transfer/assignment request has been submitted, close the FTD Alert as TDA/TDI Received and create a ICS only Bal Due module on ICS. Continue to work the entire case.

    4. Not all FTD Alerts are issued as "stand alone" FTD Alerts. If there are balance due periods in notice status, create an ICS module for the balance due periods that are in notice status and input a STAUP via IDRS, as appropriate.


      Field call must still be made within 15 calendar days.

    5. The taxpayer is in bankruptcy, inform Insolvency of the FTD Alert and determine if Insolvency is monitoring the taxpayer’s compliance. If Insolvency is monitoring compliance, request input of TC 136, if it has not already been input and close the FTD Alert. A TC 136 prevents future FTD Alerts from generating. It is reversed with a TC 137. If Insolvency is not monitoring the taxpayer's compliance, continue working the FTD Alert. Do not, however, request a collection information statement, demand payment or take any enforced collection action unless Insolvency indicates that the collection action will not violate the automatic stay.


      Some of the acts prohibited under the automatic stay include: collecting debts incurred before the filing of the bankruptcy petition, as well as taking possession of, or exercising control over, property of the estate and/or attempts to create, perfect, or enforce liens against property of the estate (or against property of the debtor when the lien secures a pre-bankruptcy debt). See IRM, Automatic Stay -11 USC § 362, regarding acts specifically prohibited. Other actions that must be avoided because of the automatic stay are listed in IRM; e.g., sending balance due notices on pre-petition taxes other than the "first" or new assessment notice, assuming the assessment is allowable under the Bankruptcy Code.

    6. The new FTD Alert module received is on a taxpayer that is currently assigned to an RO and in status 26, including TDA/TDI/CIP on ICS, the RO should notify their manager. The group manager will contact the FTD Alert Senior Program Analyst to discuss closure of the FTD Alert. Once the FTD Alert Analyst determines the FTD Alert module is actually in status 26, the GM will enter an ICS history explaining the circumstances and the FTD Alert will be closed by the GM as "Alert Erroneously Created" . See IRM The RO will not be required to work the FTD Alert in these specific circumstances. The open TDA/TDI/CIP case will be used to control the case and worked according to the existing IRM guidance.


      The new closing code option should rarely be used and only when authorized by a specific policy directive, memorandum or Headquarters staff. Headquarters will track the use of closing code "Alert Erroneously Created" to evaluate the frequency and the rationale for its use


  3. Schedule Field contact on your calendar.

  4. Clearly document a plan of action.

Contact Procedures

  1. Contact the taxpayer within 15 calendar days of assignment of the FTD Alert. If timely contact is not possible, notify the group manager. The group manager will decide if reassignment of the FTD Alert is appropriate. If contact is delayed for more than 15 calendar days, note the reason for the delay in the case history.


    Attempted contact is considered made during the initial field call by providing the Letter 5664 addressed in IRM even when the taxpayer is not present


  2. When the taxpayer has a representative, make initial contact with the POA of record. Procedures outlined in IRM and (7) and IRM, Right to Representation should be followed.


    A field visit must still be made to the business address to assess the taxpayer’s operation and view the assets.

  3. Make contact with the taxpayer or taxpayer’s representative at the taxpayers place of business to discuss the FTD Alert. Making initial contact in the field allows the RO the opportunity to view the business/operation, assets, make informed decisions regarding collectability and educate the taxpayer regarding their filing and deposit requirements.

  4. Additionally, a face-to-face visit can be an effective opportunity to provide and explain the TBOR (www.irs.gov/taxpayer-bill-of-rights), Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) (http://tas.web.irs.gov/) discussed in IRM, Related Resources, and the consequences of non-compliance, such as penalties, including the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty. Refer the taxpayer to the irs.gov website for additional information about TBOR.

  5. In those rare instances where the RO determines initial contact in the field is not possible, a telephone call is the next option for initiating contact with the taxpayer.

  6. If the initial contact with a taxpayer is not in the field, document the case history outlining the circumstances supporting this determination.

  7. If the initial contact is not at the taxpayer’s place of business, a field visit to the taxpayer’s place of business must still take place. See IRM If a subsequent field contact is not practical, document the case history outlining the circumstances.

  8. If the Revenue Officer makes the initial taxpayer contact by telephone, the contact will be considered timely as long as the phone call is made within 15 calendar days from the date of receipt of the FTD Alert.

  9. Prior to making an attempt to contact a FTD Alert taxpayer by telephone, Letter 5857, FTD Alert Telephone Contact Letter must be sent to the taxpayers address on record to inform them that a Revenue Officer will call the taxpayer by the specified date entered on the letter.

  10. Letter 5857 is not required prior to making initial contact in the field.


    When a valid Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative, or Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization, is on file for the taxpayer, mail a copy of Letter 5857 to the representative, and include Letter 937, Transmittal Letter for Power of Attorney.

  11. Complete the table at the bottom of Letter 5857. See the example below:

    Tax Quarter Tax Due on Return Deposits made Penalties assessed
    Prior Quarter 15,000.00 5,000.00 2,525.00
    Current Quarter N/A 3,500.00 N/A

    The above table provides an example of the tax on the return, deposits made and penalties assessed on the prior and current quarters.

  12. On Letter 5857, complete the boxes as follows:

    1. Enter the RO’s name and the specific date the RO plans to call the taxpayer in the first paragraph.

    2. Add the prior quarter date information, e.g. 06-30-2017.

    3. Add the current quarter FTD Alert module date , e.g. 09-30-2017.

    4. Enter the total tax listed (TC 150) on the prior filed return. This information will be located on IDRS.

    5. Enter the total amount of deposits made on the prior return.

    6. Enter the total amount of penalties assessed on the prior quarter.

    7. Enter the total amount of deposits made on the current quarter.

    8. Enter a convenient time for the taxpayer or representative to contact the RO.

  13. The table illustration will assist the taxpayer to understand the purpose of the phone call and assist the RO when explaining the specific decrease in deposits made and the cost associated with making late deposits.

  14. A telephone call that does not result in taxpayer contact will not meet the timely contact requirements. Leaving a message within this period is also not considered a timely contact. All attempted contacts should be documented in the case history.

  15. Follow the procedures in IRM Initial Contact.

  16. Explain the reason for the visit/call. Recognize that FTD Alerts generate based on the probability that the taxpayer has fallen behind in deposit payments.

  17. Provide the taxpayer with Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer.

  18. If the FTD Alert is a "stand alone" Alert, meaning there are no associated modules on IDRS, it’s possible that the taxpayer has not been provided with advance notice that third party contacts may be made. See IRM 25.27.1, Third-Party Contacts (TPC).


    Effective August 15, 2019, the Taxpayer First Act of 2019, P.L. 116-25, requires collection employees, absent jeopardy circumstances, to provide the taxpayer with advance notice at least 45 days before a third-party contact. This new general advance notice must inform the taxpayer that the IRS intends to make third-party contacts within a specified time period, not to exceed one year. Such advance notice of third-party contacts may be renewed by the IRS, by notice given 45 days in advance of the new specified period, if the IRS intends to continue to make third-party contacts.

  19. If the RO is not able to meet with or discuss the FTD Alert directly with the taxpayer or POA, leave Form 2246, Field Contact Card at the taxpayer’s place of business, per IRM, Initial Contact.


    Do not leave Form 2246 with third parties unless the third party notification has been provided and the 45-days has passed.

  20. If the taxpayer provides documentation or other substantiating information confirming full compliance, verify that the amount deposited is accurate based on prior quarter deposits. The only way to verify complete compliance for the FTD Alert quarter is to keep the FTD Alert open until the Form 941 return is secured.


    See IRM requires the Form 941 return for the FTD Alert quarter be secured prior to closing the FTD Alert.

  21. If the amount of the deposits are less than prior quarters, ask additional questions regarding possible reduced payroll or wages.

  22. If the taxpayer is no longer required to deposit (e.g., out-of-business, no employees), ensure there are no other outstanding modules. Secure final return, if out of business. Promptly request input of TC 591 and close the FTD Alert.

  23. If the taxpayer is in compliance, but due to sporadic or seasonal payrolls the Alert programming analysis is unable to predict deposit compliance, request input of TC 136. During the contact, briefly review Federal Tax Deposit requirements with the taxpayer and provide Notice 931, Deposit Requirements for Employment Taxes, or other documents outlining the deposit rules to help explain the requirements. This may help ensure the taxpayer maintains future compliance.

Taxpayer Not in Compliance

  1. FTD Alerts on delinquent taxpayers provide an early opportunity to assist and educate taxpayers before their liability pyramids and the growing debt becomes more difficult to resolve.

  2. Review Federal Tax Deposit requirements with the taxpayer. Give the taxpayer Notice 931, Deposit Requirements for Employment Taxes, Publication 15, Circular E, Employer's Tax Guide, Publication 3151-A, The ABCs of FTDs or other documents outlining the deposit rules to help explain the requirements.

  3. If the taxpayer claims to be in compliance because they use a third-party payer (payroll service provider, reporting agent, professional employer organization), secure information about the third-party arrangement and verify compliance. Explain that the employer is ultimately responsible for withholding, reporting, and paying federal employment taxes (see IRM, Collection Actions in Cases Involving Third-Party Payers). Revenue Officer questions or concerns about third-party payer issues should be directed to the appropriate Area PSP/PEO Coordinator. A list of coordinators can be found at Collection PSP/PEO Coordinators by Area.

  4. Discuss the cost for failing to make timely deposits. Explain the FTD penalty to the taxpayer. Show the taxpayer the penalties incurred in the prior quarters.

  5. Ensure that the taxpayer understands the consequences of continued noncompliance. Discuss the Notice of Federal Tax Lien (NFTL), levy and seizure provisions. When applicable, discuss the provisions for the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty (TFRP).

  6. Monitor and document the taxpayer’s compliance with deposits for the FTD Alert quarter and subsequent quarters until the account is resolved. If the taxpayer cannot satisfy past due deposits while meeting current deposits, encourage the taxpayer to make current deposits first while working to resolve past due deposits.

  7. After contacting the taxpayer, document the case history to show FTD requirements and penalty assessment were discussed with the taxpayer. Also, document that the taxpayer was informed of the consequences of non-compliance.

  8. If the taxpayer is unable to make the required deposits or become compliant, after initial contact, see IRM, Working FTD Alerts.

Working FTD Alerts

  1. If the taxpayer is unable to make required deposits or become compliant, at initial contact, secure a Collection Information Statement and follow the procedures listed in IRM, Effective Initial Contact.

  2. Secure the Form 941 return for the FTD Alert quarter. Use the appropriate closing code with TC 599 for the return secured.

  3. If full payment of tax, including penalties and interest, is not received with the return, determine if it is in the best interest of the government to prompt assess the return.

  4. Explain the TFRP provisions, provide Notice 784, Could you be Personally Liable for Certain Unpaid Federal Taxes? and make TFRP determination.

  5. Ensure ICS histories are clearly documented. See IRM, Case Histories.

  6. Ensure timely follow-ups are met. See IRM, Timely Follow-ups.

  7. If the FTD Alert is assigned with no related Bal Dues and the RO is unable to locate the taxpayer during the field call to the FTD Alert address, all available internal and external locator sources should be exhausted in an effort to locate the taxpayer.

  8. If the RO determines the business is OOB, then the FTD Alert can be closed as Not Required to Deposit. Make sure all business return filing requirements are closed.

  9. If there are deposits made on the module and the RO determines the business is OOB, the RO must make an effort to secure the FTD Alert module Form 941 return before closing the FTD Alert.

  10. Consider all possible resolutions for the unfiled FTD Alert return on a case-by-case basis, including 6020(b).

  11. If the RO determines, after contact, the business is in bankruptcy litigation, see IRM, Alert Closing Procedures.

  12. If the RO determines that enforcement should not be pursued for the unfiled Form 941 return for the FTD Alert module, close the FTD Alert as "Bal Due/Due Ret Received," open an ICS only Del Ret and follow the procedures in IRM, Enforcement Determination, to close the Del Ret.

Alert Closing Procedures

  1. Close the FTD Alert when the taxpayer is brought into full compliance. Full compliance includes, filing of all tax returns on or before the required due date; making appropriate tax deposits in the proper amount, by the appropriate due date; and paying any tax due with the return at the time the return is filed.

  2. If the taxpayer is not in compliance and there is a Bal Due, or Del Ret open on IDRS, request assignment of the case.

  3. Once the STAUP request has been submitted, document the case history that the STAUP request was input, close the FTD Alert as "Bal Due/Del Ret Received" and create a ICS Only Bal Due or Del Ret on ICS to control the case and continue working the entire case.

  4. If a Bal Due or Del Ret is received on the FTD Alert module, prior to requesting assignment, the FTD Alert will systemically close and will be assigned to the RO.

  5. The only way to open a ICS Only Bal Due or Del Ret on the FTD Alert module is to close the FTD Alert first.

  6. The following ICS options are available to close an FTD Alert:

    1. TP is in Compliance: The taxpayer is required to make deposits and is current with payment and filing requirements at the time of initial contact on the Alert.

    2. Not Required to Deposit: The taxpayer was not required to deposit for the specific FTD Alert quarter.

    3. TP is Sporadic/Seasonal: The taxpayer is either a sporadic or seasonal employer with a fluctuating payroll. If the Alert programming analysis would be unable to predict the taxpayer's deposit compliance, the revenue officer should manually request input of TC 136 to suppress future Alerts when closing the FTD Alert.

    4. Brought into Compliance: The revenue officer brought the taxpayer into compliance on all required deposits and secured the return for the FTD Alert quarter. The taxpayer is now fully current on the FTD Alert and current quarter at the time the FTD Alert is ready for closure, and there are no additional balances owed, including penalties and interest.

    5. Bal Due/Del Ret Received: The revenue officer received another ICS module by which to control the case. FTD Alerts should be closed when there is an open Bal Due or Del Ret on ICS.


      If another module is listed on IDRS in various statuses for the same taxpayer, use appropriate procedures to request assignment. Once the STATUP request has been submitted, close the FTD Alert, create a ICS only Bal Due module on ICS and continue working the Bal Due according to current procedures.

    6. Return Secured is no longer available as a closure option on ICS. If the RO secures a balance due in the field, first attempt to secure full payment, including penalties and interest. If a balance due return is secured without full payment, determine if it is in the best interest of the government to prompt assess the return. The RO should close the FTD Alert using closing option, Bal Due/Del Ret Received, create a pre-assessed or prompt assess Bal Due on ICS and continue to pursue collection. The pre-assessed/prompt assessed ICS Only Bal Due will be used to control the case in inventory until the module is assigned to the RO.

    7. Alert Erroneously Created: The revenue officer or GM may determine during initial analysis that the FTD Alert should be closed, due to extenuating circumstances, such as:
      Alert Erroneously Created - FTD Alert created as a systemic error (See IRM (2)(f) if RO or GM identifies a systemic error while conducting pre-contact analysis or HQ will ask the IQA’s to close larger volumes of Alerts created erroneously).
      Newly input TC 914/916 - CI requests no initial or further contact with the TP.
      FEMA designations - FTD Alert located in a designated disaster area for which the relief period is open.
      Bankruptcy - FTD Alert Created on an account that recently transitioned to status 72.
      Case assigned to Advisory - FTD Alert created on a case already assigned to Advisory involving a subordination or discharge.

    8. If the FTD Alert circumstances fits one of the options listed above, the following steps must be taken:
      The RO will discuss the reason for closure without Field Call with their GM.
      The RO will include a detailed ICS history providing the specific reason for using this closing code option in their ICS closing summary.
      The GM will notate the ICS history with concurrence of the closure type.
      The GM will close the FTD Alert on ICS as Alert Erroneously Created.


    This new closing code option should rarely be used and only when authorized by a specific policy directive or memorandum. Headquarters will track the use of closing code, "Alert Erroneously Created" to evaluate its frequency and the rationale for its use.

  7. If a new FTD Alert is issued while an FTD Alert from a prior quarter is still open in inventory, the old Alert will be systemically close and be replaced with the new Alert.

Transfer of FTD Alerts

  1. If the taxpayer is in another area, the FTD Alert can be transferred without a prior Courtesy Investigation.

  2. Due to the time-sensitive nature of FTD Alert contacts, call and advise the receiving office of the transfer.

  3. Transfer FTD Alerts only if the business itself, not merely one or more officers or partners, is located in the transferee area.