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Letter 3217C Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the letter telling me?

This letter is telling you we have accepted your oral or written request to pay what you owe IRS in installments. It provides you with a specific dollar amount to pay each month and when your payment is due. It also provides the address that your payments should be mailed to. Included is the dollar amount for the fee we charge to establish an agreement. The amount varies depending on the type of agreement that is established. The letter also provides instructions on how to apply for the Low Income Fee Reduction (if you qualify).

What do I have to do?

The letter contains your payment due date. You should mail your payment to us 5 days prior to the due date. It tells you what items you need to put on your check so it can be correctly identified and applied to your account.

How much time do I have?

The letter is usually mailed 4 to 6 weeks before your first payment is due.

What happens if I don't take any action?

If you fail to make your payments the IRS can begin enforcement action by placing a levy on your bank account or wages or file a lien on personal property.

Who should I contact?

If you are unable to make your monthly payment, you should contact IRS as soon as possible. Expeditious contact prior to your payment due date may temporarily stop enforcement actions. The person who answers the phone will assist you.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 03-Feb-2014