“If you have received notice that you may be liable for trust fund taxes, you need an experienced tax attorney by your side. These types of penalties can pierce the corporate veil and the government can seek collection of the tax from your personal assets.”
- Alyssa Maloof Whatley
You’re not the only one at risk.
Because of the serious nature of this tax debt, multiple people inside and outside of a business can be deemed to be responsible for restoring the trust funds.
“The IRS still needs to make the determination that the failure to pay was a deliberate or willful act. The IRS will vigorously investigate all trust fund cases to ensure that the person – or people – knew the taxes were due and was aware the taxes remain unpaid.”
- Alyssa Maloof Whatley
How Much Is The Trust Fund Recovery Penalty?
The Trust Fund Recovery Penalty is equal to the unpaid income taxes withheld plus the employee’s portion of the withheld FICA taxes.
It doesn’t take long for the TFRP to become a staggering debt.
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Can I Settle A Trust Fund Recovery Penalty?
Despite the severity of the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty, there are options available to taxpayers who cannot make the payment in full. A qualified tax professional can give you guidance on your options which may include Offer In Compromise or setting up an installment plan.
It’s always better to assess your complete financial situation when working with the IRS. An experienced tax pro can help you by negotiating a settlement that works for you.
One thing to remember is that TFRP debt isn’t dischargeable in bankruptcy. It’s important to make arrangements with the IRS rather than get into a situation where they levy, seize, or attach a lien to your assets and property.
Is There A Statute Of Limitations On The Assesment Of The Trust Fund Recovery Penalty?
Yes, the general rule is that an assessment of the TFRP must be made within three years from the date a return is filed or the due date of the return (succeeding April 15th), whichever is later.