The Internal Revenue Service has launched a new initiative “designed to more quickly identify employers who are falling behind on their payroll or employment taxes and then help them get caught up on their payment and reporting responsibilities.”

The initiative will seek to identify employers who appear to be falling behind on their tax payments, in the hope that the employer can avoid the penalties and interest associated with late payment of payroll taxes. This new IRS initiative will monitor deposit patterns and identify employers whose payments decline or are late, who may receive a letter, or automated phone message reminding them of their payroll tax responsibilities and asking that they contact the IRS to discuss the situation. Is some situations, ostensibly more severe, an IRS revenue officer will also contact an employers at their place of business.

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