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What Is Backup Withholding? Can I Avoid It?

Unless you’re a tax professional, mistakes are bound to happen when preparing documents and filing returns, such as inputting inaccurate information with the SSN or TIN that you provided to the IRS. Unfortunately, these issues could be costly and take some time to resolve.


You should not be subject to backup withholding if you provide your correct TIN/SSN, make the proper certifications, and report all your taxable interest and dividends on your tax return to the IRS. Businesses and financial institutions withhold a flat 24% of income as backup withholding for those taxpayers who are subject to the rule.



What's Backup Withholding?


Backup withholding is a method the IRS uses to make sure that all taxes are paid on sources of income specific taxpayers have improperly reported in the past. To do so, the IRS asks the taxpayer to withhold a portion of payments, similar to the way an employer would do with your income check.


Backup withholding is not a concern for most taxpayers because most taxpayers supply the IRS with accurate information about themselves and properly record all interest and dividend payments.


How To Prevent Backup Withholding


To prevent backup withholding, you would need to correct the reason you became subject to backup withholding. This would include providing the correct TIN to the payer, resolving the underreported income and paying the amount owed, or filing the missing return(s).


Payments Excluded from Backup Withholding


Payments that are excluded from backup withholding:

  • Real estate transactions

  • Foreclosures and abandonments

  • Canceled debts

  • Distributions from Archer MSAs

  • Long term care benefits

  • Distributions from any retirement account

  • Distributions from an employee stock ownership plan

  • Fish purchases for cash

  • Unemployment compensation

  • State or local income tax refunds

  • Qualified tuition program earnings

Resolve Your Tax Bills


If you've found yourself in a nasty mess with the IRS, take a deep breath. Unpaid back taxes may be the biggest issue that taxpayers face, but the resolution may be very simple. For taxpayers who may have difficulty paying off an excessive amount of tax debt, there's a relief program that consolidates many major relief programs into a one-size-fits-all assistance program; The IRS Fresh Start Program.


It's a new and improved relief program that consolidates many major relief programs into a one-size-fits-all assistance program. Any issues regarding back taxes, unfiled years, or any other tax-related problems may be solved through one program; the IRS Fresh Start Program!


See if You Qualify for the Fresh Start Program Today!


Resolve your tax debt before the IRS surprises you with late fees and penalties!

  1. Answer a few questions

  2. Qualify and be presented with a resolution - click here

  3. Enroll in Fresh Start

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