Payers may receive notices CP2100 and 2100A if they filed an information return with errors

IRS Tax Tip 2023-75, June 1, 2023

When banks, credit unions, businesses and other payers file information returns with data that doesn't match IRS records, the IRS sends them a CP2100 or CP2100A notice. The notices tell payers that the information returns they submitted have a missing or incorrect taxpayer identification number, name or both.

Each notice has a list of payees with the issues the IRS found. Payers need to compare the accounts on the notice with their account records and correct or update their records, if necessary. Payees may also need to correct their backup withholding on payments made to payees.

The IRS sends CP2100 and CP2100A notices twice a year in September and October and again in April.

Information returns that may have incorrect information

The IRS sends notices for errors most frequently found on these forms:

  • Form 1099-B, Proceeds from Broker and Barter Exchange Transactions
  • Form 1099-DIV, Dividends and Distributions
  • Form 1099-G, Certain Government Payments
  • Form 1099-INT, Interest Income
  • Form 1099-K, Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions
  • Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Information
  • Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation
  • Form 1099-OID, Original Issue Discount
  • Form 1099-PATR, Taxable Distributions Received from Cooperatives
  • Form W-2G, Certain Gambling Winnings

Payments subject to backup withholding

CP2100 and CP2100A notices also tell payers that they may be required to backup withhold tax payments. If the payments are reported on the Form 1099 series and Form W-2G information returns, payments may be subject to backup withholding if:

  • The payee doesn't:
    • Give their TIN to the payer in the required manner
    • Certify that they aren't subject to backup withholding for underreporting interest and dividends
  • The IRS tells the payer:
    • The payee gave an incorrect TIN and didn't certify their TIN as required
    • They must begin backup withholding because the payee didn't report all their interest and dividends on their tax return

Payers are responsible for any amount they fail to backup withhold and the penalties that may apply.

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