The below penalties apply to persons required to file informational returns. The penalties apply for both paper filers and electronic filers.
If any failure to provide a correct payee statement is due to intentional disregard of the requirements to furnish a correct payee statement, the penalty is at least $260 per payee statement with no maximum penalty.
If you willfully file fraudulent information return for payments you claim you made to another person, that person may be able to sue you for damages. You may have to pay $5,000 or more.
If you fail to file a correct information return by the due date and you cannot show reasonable cause, you may be subject to a penalty. The penalty applies if you fail to file timely, you fail to include all information required to be shown on a return, or you include incorrect information on a return. The penalty also applies if you file on paper when you were required to file electronically, you report an incorrect TIN or fail to report a TIN, or you fail to file paper forms that are machine readable.
The amount of the penalty is based on when you file the correct information return. The penalty is:
If you meet all the conditions in a, b, and c above, the penalty for filing incorrect returns will not apply to the greater of 10 information returns or ½ of 1% of the total number of information returns you are required to file for the calendar year.
If any failure to file a correct information return is due to intentional disregard of the filing or correct information requirements, the penalty is at least $260 per information return with no maximum penalty.