IRS Releases Updated Publication 1281

Paul Ogawa
March 30, 2018

The IRS recently released the 2018 version of Publication 1281, Backup Withholding for Missing and Incorrect Name/TIN(s). This publication provides instructions and procedural guidance on backup withholding requirements as they relate to information returns with missing or incorrect taxpayer identification numbers (TINs). Furthermore, this publication details the procedures for first and second “B” notices.


 This version of the publication is identical to its predecessor from 2017, with one major exception: the backup withholding rate for payments after December 31, 2017 has been reduced from 28% to 24%.


To review this publication in full, please click here.

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Paul Ogawa

Paul Ogawa is a Senior Regulatory Counsel at Sovos Compliance. As part of the Regulatory Analysis team, his main areas of focus are state and federal tax withholding, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and Canadian tax information reporting. Prior to Sovos, Paul worked as a litigation attorney in Boston area law firms, representing clients in insurance subrogation claims, family law matters, and employment disputes. Paul is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, earned his B.A. from Brandeis University and his J.D. from the Suffolk University Law School.
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