“This is a question too difficult for a mathematician. It should be asked of a philosopher”(when asked about completing his income tax form)” ― Albert Einstein. Taxes are something that one cannot avoid till he/she is alive; likewise if you own a business you will have to file a list of taxes to keep your business alive. One such Tax is Federal Excise Tax, filed through Form 720 every quarter.
Any business that deals with goods and services are subject to excise tax, it must prepare a Form 720 quarterly to report the tax to the IRS. Ways to prepare and file your taxes are only two, Either your fill out a paper form, figure out complicated calculations and mail it to the IRS or E-file your Form 720 through www.Taxexcise.com, “THE ONLY E-FILE SERVICE PROVIDER FOR FORM 720”.
WASHINGTON –– The Internal Revenue Service will kick off a series of public meetings Thursday, Dec. 8 to gather feedback on how to implement a series of long-term changes to the tax system described by IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman in an April 2011 speech at the National Press Club. In that speech, the Commissioner described a vision where the IRS would move away from the traditional “look back” model of compliance, and instead perform substantially more “real time,” or upfront matching of tax returns when they are first filed with the IRS. The goal of this initiative is to improve the tax filing process by reducing burden for taxpayers and improving overall compliance upfront.
Under the vision of a real-time tax system, the IRS could match information submitted on a tax return with third-party information right up front during processing and could provide the opportunity for taxpayers to fix the tax return before acceptance if it contains data that does not match IRS records
By contrast, today the IRS conducts a significant number of compliance activities months after the tax return has been filed and processed. It is not uncommon for a taxpayer to receive a notice 12 to 18 months after a tax return is filed. This after-the-fact compliance approach can create problems and frustrations for both taxpayers and the IRS.
At the public meetings, IRS officials will solicit feedback and input from outside stakeholders to provide comments and insight. The first meeting will feature representatives of consumer groups, the tax professional community and government representatives. A future public meeting will include, among others, representatives of the employer and payroll community, the software industry, financial institutions and additional government representatives.
The first meeting, scheduled at 9:00 a.m. on Dec. 8, will take place at the IRS Headquarters Building Auditorium, 1111 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. Those who would like to attend the meeting should e-mail the IRS atCL.NPL.Communications@irs.gov with the contact information for the attendees or call the IRS at 202-622-3359.
The next public meeting will be held early next year.
Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return, is used to report and on excise taxes collected by the business for a variety of products and services. Use Schedule A to show the amount of your total liability for excise taxes for the quarter.
When Must Form 720 Be Filed
The form must be filed quarterly:
1st quarter – April 30
2nd quarter – July 31
3rd Quarter – October 31
4th Quarter – January 31.
Trust Fund Tax
Excise taxes are a trust fund tax, meaning that they are collected by the business and held in trust, then paid to the IRS at specific times. If the full amount of the tax is not submitted when due, a trust fund recovery penalty may be imposed.
A payment voucher is included with Form 720. Include it when you send your payment. Send the form and payment to:
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Is electronic filing of Form 720 required?
Electronic filing of Form 720 is optional for any taxpayer who chooses to e-file. Still IRS recommends e-filing.
How do I choose a transmitter to e-file Form 720 returns?
IRS has posted the contact information of all approved e-file transmitters . You will need to select one to your liking. IRS does not endorse any one provider and cannot make recommendations. All listed providers are approved to submit returns to the IRS electronically.
When can I e-file Forms 720?
IRS is currently accepting electronically-filed Forms 720. Forms can be submitted online 24 hours per day.
Where and how do I access the electronic Form 720 returns?
Electronic filing of Form 720 will allow IRS to provide expedited and improved service and reliability to taxpayers while reducing processing time and errors.
www.tax720.com, an online website to file a “Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return – Form 720”. Businesses and Tax Professionals can now file their quarterly Federal Excise taxes electronically (e-file) or a standard paper return using our product. We support forms 6627, 6197, Schedule C, Schedule T and Schedule A, for both paper and electronic filings.