2018 US Code
Title 26 - Internal Revenue Code
Subtitle F - Procedure and Administration
Chapter 68 - Additions to the Tax, Additional Amounts, and Assessable Penalties
Subchapter A - Additions to the Tax and Additional Amounts
Part I - General Provisions
Sec. 6657 - Bad checks

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Citation 26 U.S.C. § 6657 (2018)
Section Name §6657. Bad checks
Section Text

If any instrument in payment, by any commercially acceptable means, of any amount receivable under this title is not duly paid, in addition to any other penalties provided by law, there shall be paid as a penalty by the person who tendered such instrument, upon notice and demand by the Secretary, in the same manner as tax, an amount equal to 2 percent of the amount of such instrument, except that if the amount of such instrument is less than $1,250, the penalty under this section shall be $25 or the amount of such instrument, whichever is the lesser. This section shall not apply if the person tendered such instrument in good faith and with reasonable cause to believe that it would be duly paid.

Source Credit

(Aug. 16, 1954, ch. 736, 68A Stat. 826; Pub. L. 94–455, title XIX, §1906(b)(13)(A), Oct. 4, 1976, 90 Stat. 1834; Pub. L. 100–647, title V, §5071(a), Nov. 10, 1988, 102 Stat. 3681; Pub. L. 110–28, title VIII, §8245(a), May 25, 2007, 121 Stat. 200; Pub. L. 111–198, §3(a), July 2, 2010, 124 Stat. 1356.)

Editorial Notes AMENDMENTS

2010—Pub. L. 111–198, §3(a)(2), substituted "such instrument" for "such check" wherever appearing.

Pub. L. 111–198, §3(a)(1), substituted "If any instrument in payment, by any commercially acceptable means, of any amount" for "If any check or money order in payment of any amount".

2007—Pub. L. 110–28 substituted "$1,250" for "$750" and "$25" for "$15".

1988—Pub. L. 100–647 substituted "2" for "1", "$750" for "$500", and "$15" for "$5".

1976—Pub. L. 94–455 struck out "or his delegate" after "Secretary".

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 2010 AMENDMENT

Pub. L. 111–198, §3(b), July 2, 2010, 124 Stat. 1356, provided that: "The amendments made by this section [amending this section] shall apply to instruments tendered after the date of the enactment of this Act [July 2, 2010]."

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 2007 AMENDMENT

Pub. L. 110–28, title VIII, §8245(b), May 25, 2007, 121 Stat. 200, provided that: "The amendments made by this section [amending this section] apply to checks or money orders received after the date of the enactment of this Act [May 25, 2007]."

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1988 AMENDMENT

Pub. L. 100–647, title V, §5071(b), Nov. 10, 1988, 102 Stat. 3681, provided that: "The amendment made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall apply to checks or money orders received after the date of the enactment of this Act [Nov. 10, 1988]."

Publication Title United States Code, 2018 Edition, Title 26 - INTERNAL REVENUE CODE
Category Bills and Statutes
Collection United States Code
SuDoc Class Number Y 1.2/5:
Contained Within Title 26 - INTERNAL REVENUE CODE
Subtitle F - Procedure and Administration
CHAPTER 68 - ADDITIONS TO THE TAX, ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS, AND ASSESSABLE PENALTIES
Subchapter A - Additions to the Tax and Additional Amounts
PART I - GENERAL PROVISIONS
Sec. 6657 - Bad checks
Contains section 6657
Date 2018
Laws In Effect As Of Date January 14, 2019
Positive Law No
Disposition standard
Statutes at Large References 90 Stat. 1834
102 Stat. 3681
121 Stat. 200
124 Stat. 1356
Public Law References Public Law 94-455, Public Law 100-647, Public Law 110-28, Public Law 111-198
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