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Empowerment Zone Employment Credit (Form 8844)

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SUPPORTING STATEMENT

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Empowerment Zone Employment Credit (Form 8844)

OMB Control Number 1545-1444


  1. CIRCUMSTANCES NECESSITATING COLLECTION OF INFORMATION

The Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1993 revised Code section 38 and added sections 1396 and 1397 to allow businesses an income tax credit for qualified wages and certain training and education expenses paid or incurred on behalf of qualified zone employees.


The empowerment zone employment (EZE) credit is part of the general business credit under section 38. However, unlike the other components of the general business credit, taxpayers are allowed to offset 25 percent of their alternative minimum tax with the EZE credit.


Partnerships and S corporations must file Form 8844 to claim the credit. All others are generally not required to complete or file this form if their only source for this credit is a partnership, S corporation, estate, trust, or cooperative. Instead, they can report this credit directly on Form 3800, General Business Credit. The following exceptions apply: an estate or trust and the source credit can be allocated to beneficiaries or a cooperative and the source credit can or must be allocated to patrons.


There are no changes being made to this form at this time. IRS is making this submission for renewal purposes.

  1. USE OF DATA


The IRS uses the information shown on Form 8844, Empowerment Zone Employment Credit, to verify that the credit has been correctly figured.


  1. USE OF IMPROVED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TO REDUCE BURDEN


Electronic filing of Form 8844 is currently available.


  1. EFFORTS TO IDENTIFY DUPLICATION


The information obtained through this collection is unique and is not already available or use or adaption from another source.






  1. METHODS TO MINIMIZE BURDEN ON SMALL BUSINESSES OR OTHER SMALL ENTITIES


Small businesses should not be disadvantaged as the form has been structured to request the least amount of information and still satisfy the requirements of the statute and the needs of the Service.


  1. CONSEQUENCES OF LESS FREQUENT COLLECTION ON FEDERAL PROGRAMS OR POLICY ACTIVITIES


The information required is needed to verify compliance with the Internal Revenue Code of the Treasury Regulations. A less frequent collection of taxes and tax information could adversely affect the government’s effectiveness and would reduce the oversight of the public in ensuring compliance with Internal Revenue Code and hinder the IRS from meeting its mission.


  1. SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRING DATA COLLECTION TO BE INCONSISTENT WITH GUIDELINES IN 5 CFR 1320.5(d)(2)


There are no special circumstances requiring data collection to be inconsistent with Guidelines in 5 CFR 1320.5(d)(2).


  1. CONSULTATION WITH INDIVIDUALS OUTSIDE OF THE AGENCY ON AVAILABILITY OF DATA, FREQUENCY OF COLLECTION, CLARITY OF INSTRUCTIONS AND FORMS, AND DATA ELEMENTS


Periodic meetings are held between IRS personnel and representatives of the American Bar Association, the National Society of Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and other professional groups to discuss tax law and tax forms. During these meetings, there is an opportunity for those attending to make comments on Form 8844.


In response to the Federal Register notice dated March 22, 2022 (87 FR 16312), we received no comments during the comment period regarding Form 8844.


  1. EXPLANATION OF DECISION TO PROVIDE ANY PAYMENT OR GIFT TO RESPONDENTS


No payment or gift has been provided to any respondents.





  1. ASSURANCE OF CONFIDENTIALITY OF RESPONSES


Generally, tax returns and tax return information are confidential as required by 26 U.S.C. 6103.


  1. JUSTIFICATION OF SENSITIVE QUESTIONS


A privacy impact assessment (PIA) has been conducted for information collected under this request as part of the “Business Master File (BMF)” system and a Privacy Act System of Records notice (SORN) has been issued for this system under IRS 24.046-Customer Account Data Engine Business Master File. The Internal Revenue Service PIAs can be found at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Privacy-Impact-Assessments-PIA.


Title 26 USC 6109 requires inclusion of identifying numbers in returns, statements, or other documents for securing proper identification of persons required to make such returns, statements, or documents and is the authority for social security numbers (SSNs) in IRS systems.


  1. ESTIMATED BURDEN OF INFORMATION COLLECTION


Partnerships and S corporations must file Form 8844 to claim the credit. All others are generally not required to complete or file this form if their only source for this credit is a partnership, S corporation, estate, trust, or cooperative. Instead, they can report this credit directly on Form 3800, General Business Credit. The following exceptions apply: an estate or trust and the source credit can be allocated to beneficiaries or a cooperative and the source credit can or must be allocated to patrons.


Form

Description

# Respondents

# Responses Per Respondent

Total Annual Responses

Hours Per Response

Total Burden

8844

Empowerment Zone Employment Credit

25

1

25

6.33 hours

158 hours

TOTAL


25


25


158 hours

  1. ESTIMATED TOTAL ANNUAL COST BURDEN TO RESPONDENTS


The IRS currently estimates the cost burden on respondents to be nominal. To ensure more accuracy and consistency across its information collections, IRS is currently in the process of revising the methodology it uses to estimate burden and costs. Once this methodology is complete, IRS will update this information collection to reflect a more precise estimate of burden and costs.


  1. ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT


The Federal government cost estimate is based on a model that considers the following three cost factors for each information product: aggregate labor costs for development, including annualized startup expenses, operating and maintenance expenses, and distribution of the product that collects the information.


The government computes cost using a multi-step process. First, the government creates a weighted factor for the level of effort to create each information collection product based on variables such as; complexity, number of pages, type of product and frequency of revision. Second, the total costs associated with developing the product such as labor cost, and operating expenses associated with the downstream impact such as support functions, are added together to obtain the aggregated total cost. Then, the aggregated total cost and factor are multiplied together to obtain the aggregated cost per product. Lastly, the aggregated cost per product is added to the cost of shipping and printing each product to IRS offices, National Distribution Center, libraries, and other outlets. The result is the Government cost estimate per product.


The government cost estimate for this collection is summarized in the table below.


Product

Aggregate Cost per Product (factor applied)


Printing and Distribution


Government Cost Estimate per Product

Form 8844

$ 61,462

+

$ 0

=

$ 61,462

Instructions 8844

$ 8,780

+

$ 0

=

$ 8,780

Total

$ 70,242

+

$ 0

=

$ 70,242

Table costs are based on 2021 actuals obtained from IRS Chief Financial Officer and Media and Publications












  1. REASONS FOR CHANGE IN BURDEN


There are no changes being made to this form at this time. IRS is making this submission for renewal purposes.

 

Requested

Program Change Due to New Statute

Program Change Due to Agency Discretion

Change Due to Adjustment in Agency Estimate

Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA

Previously Approved

Annual Number of Responses

25

0

0

0

0

25

Annual Time Burden (Hr.)

158

0

0

0

0

158


  1. PLANS FOR TABULATION, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS AND PUBLICATION


There are no plans for tabulation, statistical analysis, and publication.


  1. REASONS WHY DISPLAYING THE OMB EXPIRATION DATE IS INAPPROPRIATE


IRS believes that displaying the OMB expiration date is inappropriate because it could cause confusion by leading taxpayers to believe that the regulations sunsets as of the expiration date. Taxpayers are not likely to be aware that the Service intends to request renewal of the OMB approval and obtain a new expiration date before the old one expires.


  1. EXCEPTIONS TO THE CERTIFICATION STATEMENT


There are no exceptions to the certification statement.


Note: The following paragraph applies to all the collections of information in this submission:


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 if 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.

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