Issuers of 1099 Forms can adopt best practices and procedures that streamline the year-end process and provide assurance that 1099s are correct, at least so far as vendor names and TINs are concerned. While certain errors in reporting dollar amounts are considered “inconsequential” under new de minimis error rules, errors in the payee name or TIN are never considered inconsequential and can result in penalties.
Best practices to avoid errors and penalties include TIN solicitation, TIN verification, a timely and appropriate response to IRS notices including issuing and follow up on B-Notices to payees, and procedures to implement and discontinue backup withholding as required.
The webinar will discuss the solicitation process including solicitation using and analyzing Form W-9, annual solicitations, B-notices, and solicitations in response to IRS notices, and what to do when the vendor does not provide a TIN or provides an incorrect TIN.
It will cover how to register to use the IRS TIN verification service, how the system matches names and numbers and how this can help in preparing submissions to prevent false positive or negative responses from the system. It will cover how to submit TINs for verification and what to do when the system indicates a mismatch between the name and number of the vendor.
Procedures related to IRS notification of a name number mismatch or propose penalties for incorrect information returns are also covered including procedures the payer must follow in issuing B-Notices to payees. The session will discuss the establishment of procedures for the proper administration of backup withholding.
Year-end is a busy time for Accounts Payable. With the acceleration of the due date for certain 1099 Forms and the increased penalties, it is more important than ever to prepare information returns correctly and file them on time. Preparation well in advance of the filing season is critical.
Establishment and implementation of procedures that provide for TIN solicitation, TIN verification, response to IRS notices, and backup withholding are keys to efficient processing, avoiding errors or missing information, and establishing reasonable cause for penalty avoidance when errors occur.
This webinar discusses how to establish procedures and best practices, including name/TIN verification, that avoid situations that can lead to penalties or, when such situations occur, establish the reasonable cause defense that allows you to avoid the penalty.
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