Understanding Your CP05 Notice
We’re reviewing your tax return.
We sent you this notice because we’re reviewing your tax return to verify:
- The income you reported on your return
- The income tax withholding amounts you reported on your return
- The claims for tax credits you made on your return
- The withholding claimed on your Social Security benefits
- The household help you claimed
- The Schedule C income you claimed
We’re holding your refund until we finish our review.
What you need to do
You don’t need to take any action at this time. We may contact third parties to verify the information you reported on your return. If you haven’t received your refund or been contacted by us within 45 days from the date of this notice, you can call us at the number provided on your notice.
If you didn't file a tax return
Someone else may have used your personal information to file this return. Please complete and sign Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, and mail it to us along with the requested documents. You can find this form online at www.irs.gov. You can also refer to the IRS Identity Theft resource page for more information.
You may want to
- Review this notice with your tax preparer.
- If you are experiencing economic harm, believe an IRS system or procedure isn’t working as it should, or are seeking help in resolving tax problems that have not been resolved through normal channels, you may be eligible for Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) assistance. You can reach them at 1-877-777-4778 or TTY/TTD 1-800-829-4059.
Answers to Common Questions
Why is my return being reviewed?
While most returns are accepted as filed, some are selected for examination. The IRS examines some federal tax returns to determine if income, expenses, and credits are being reported accurately. The IRS selects returns for examination using various methods which include random sampling, computerized screening, and comparison of information received by the IRS such as Forms W-2 and 1099. Having your return selected for examination does not suggest that you made an error or were dishonest.
Tips for next year
Review all of your income and withholding documents for completeness and review your return to make sure you are eligible to claim all income, credits and business income that you reported.