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IRS Gives Lenders More Time To Comply With Reporting Requirements.

APR. 3, 2000

Notice 2000-22; 2000-1 C.B. 902

DATED APR. 3, 2000
Citations: Notice 2000-22; 2000-1 C.B. 902

Amplified and Modified by Notice 2001-8

Notice 2000-22


[1] This notice provides that the Internal Revenue Service will not impose penalties under

[2] Sections 6721 and 6722 of the Internal Revenue Code on certain taxpayers for failure to file information returns or furnish payee statements under section 6050P for discharges of indebtedness occurring before January 1, 2001. This notice applies only to taxpayers who were made subject to section 6050P by section 533(a) of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, Pub. L. No. 106-170, 113 Stat. 1860, 1931 (1999) ("the Act").


[3] Generally, section 6050P(a) requires applicable entities that are subject to that section to file returns with the Service, and to provide statements to persons whose names are required to be shown on the returns ("payees"), setting forth certain information regarding discharges of indebtedness of $600 or more. Sections 6721 and 6722 impose penalties for failure to file correct information returns or to provide correct payee statements, respectively, including those required under section 6050P.

[4] Section 533(a) of the Act amended section 6050P of the Code by expanding the types of entities that are required to report discharges of indebtedness to include any organization "a significant trade or business of which is the lending of money." The Act was signed into law on December 17, 1999. Section 533(a) was made effective for discharges of indebtedness occurring after December 31, 1999.


[5] The Service recognizes that many taxpayers that were made subject to section 6050P by the Act did not have sufficient time to make the necessary changes to their record keeping systems to capture the information required to be reported under section 6050P. In addition to the fact that section 533(a) of the Act became effective very shortly after enactment, many taxpayers were, at the time of enactment, focused on implementing computer system changes in preparation for Year 2000. To give these taxpayers additional time to make the changes necessary to comply with section 6050P, the Service will not impose penalties on these taxpayers for failing to comply with the requirements of section 6050P for discharges of indebtedness occurring before January 1, 2001.

[6] This notice does not affect the reporting obligations of any entity that was already subject to section 6050P prior to its amendment by the Act.


[7] The principal author of this notice is Christopher F. Kane of the Office of Assistant Chief Counsel, Income Tax and Accounting. For further information regarding this notice, contact Mr. Kane at (202) 622-4930 (not a toll-free call).

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