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Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Information Collection Tools

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ACTION:

Notice and request for comments.

SUMMARY:

The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning REG-109481-99 (TD 9076—final), Special Rules Under Section 417(a)(7) for Written Explanation Provided by Qualified Retirement Plan After Annuity Starting Dates (§ 1.417(e)-1); REG-105946-00 (TD 8995—final), Mid-Contract Change in Taxpayer (§ 1.460-6); Form 972, Consent of Shareholder To Include Specific Amount in Gross Income; Form 6118, Claim of Income Tax Return Preparer Penalties; Form 5500-EZ, Annual Return of One-Participant (Owners and Their Spouses) Retirement Plan; and T.D. 8418, Arbitrage Restrictions on Tax-exempt Bonds (§§ 1.148-1, 1.148-2, 1.148-3, 1.148-4, 1.148-5, 1.148-6, 1.148-7, 1.148-8, and 1.148-11).

DATES:

Written comments should be received on or before December 17, 2012 to be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES:

Direct all written comments to Yvette Lawrence, Internal Revenue Service, room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224. Please send separate comments for each specific information collection listed below. You must reference the information collection's title, form number, reporting or recordkeeping requirement number, and OMB number (if any) in your comment.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Requests for additional information or copies of the collection tools should be directed to R. Joseph Durbala, Internal Revenue Service, room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224, or at (202) 622-3634, or through the internet at RJoseph.Durbala@irs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Currently, the IRS is seeking comments concerning the following information collection tools, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements:

(1) Title: Special Rules Under Section 417(a)(7) for Written Explanation Provided by Qualified Retirement Plan After Annuity Starting Dates.

OMB Number: 1545-1724.

Form Number: REG-109481-99.

Abstract: The collection of information requirement in section 1.417(e)-1(b)(3)(iv)(B) and 1.417(e)-1(b)(3)(v)(A) is required to ensure that a participant and the participant's spouse consent to a form of distribution from a qualified plan that may result in reduced periodic payments.

Type of Review: Extension of currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Individuals or households, business or other for-profit organizations, and not-for-profit institutions.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 50,000.

Estimated Time per Respondent: 15 minutes.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 12,500.

(2) Title: Mid-Contract Change in Taxpayer.

OMB Number: 1545-1732.

Form Number: REG-105946-00.

Abstract: The information is needed by taxpayers who assume the obligation to account for the income from long-term contracts as the result of certain nontaxable transactions.

Current Actions: There are no changes being made to the revenue procedure at this time.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 5,000.

Estimated Time per Respondent: 2 hrs.

Estimated Total Annual Reporting Burden Hours: 10,000.

(3) Title: Consent of Shareholder To Include Specific Amount in Gross Income.

OMB Number: 1545-0043.

Form Number: 972.

Abstract: Form 972 is filed by shareholders of corporations who agree to include a consent dividend in gross income as a taxable dividend. The IRS uses Form 972 as a check to see if an amended return is filed by the shareholder to include the amount in income and to determine if the corporation claimed the correct amount as a deduction on its tax return.

Current Actions: There is no change in the paperwork burden previously approved by OMB.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 100.

Estimated Time per Respondent: 3 hrs, 51 min.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 385.

(4) Title: Claim of Income Tax Return Preparer Penalties.

OMB Number: 1545-0240.

Form Number: 6118.

Abstract: Form 6118 is used by tax return preparers to file for a refund of penalties incorrectly charged. The information enables the IRS to process the claim and have the refund issued to the tax return preparer.

Current Actions: There is no change in the paperwork burden previously approved by OMB.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations and individuals or households.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 10,000.

Estimated Time per Respondent: 1 hrs., 8 min.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 11,400.

(5) Title: Annual Return of One-Participant (Owners and Their Spouses) Retirement Plan.

OMB Number: 1545-0956.

Form Number: 5500-EZ.

Abstract: Form 5500-EZ is an annual return filed by a one-participant or one- participant and spouse pension plan. The IRS uses this data to determine if the plan appears to be operating properly as required under the Internal Revenue Code or whether the plan should be audited.

Current Actions: There is no change in the paperwork burden previously approved by OMB.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations, and farms.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 250,000.

Estimated Time per Respondent: 27 hrs., 5 min.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 6,770,000.

(6) Title: Arbitrage Restrictions on tax-exempt Bonds.

OMB Number: 1545-1098.

Form Number: T.D. 8418.

Abstract: This regulation requires state and local governmental issuers of tax-exempt bonds to rebate arbitrage profits earned on nonpurpose investments acquired with the bond proceeds. Issuers are required to submit a form with the rebate. The regulations provide for several elections, all of which must be in writing.

Current Actions: There is no change in the paperwork burden previously approved by OMB.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: State, local, or tribal governments, and not-for-profit institutions.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,100.

Estimated Time per Respondent: 2 hrs., 45 min.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 8,550.

The following paragraph applies to all of the collections of information covered by this notice:

An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a collection of information must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any internal revenue law. Generally, tax returns and tax return information are confidential, as required by 26 U.S.C. 6103.

Request for Comments: Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record.

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

Approved: October 10, 2012.

R. Joseph Durbala,

IRS Reports Clearance Officer.

[FR Doc. 2012-25305 Filed 10-15-12; 8:45 am]

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