Understanding your CP13M Notice
We made changes to your return involving the Making Work Pay credit or the Government Retiree Credit. You're not due a refund nor do you owe an additional amount because of our changes. Your account balance is zero.
Printable samples of this notice (PDF)
Tax publications you may find useful
- Publication 919, How Do I Adjust My Tax Withholding?
- Find a copy of any necessary tax forms and instructions
How to get help
Calling the 1-800 number listed on the top right corner of your notice is the fastest way to get your questions answered.
You can also authorize someone (such as an accountant) to contact the IRS on your behalf using this Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative (Form 2848).
Or you may qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
What you need to do
- Read your notice carefully — it will explain how the Making Work Pay credit or the Government Retiree Credit relate to the changes we made.
- Review the notice and compare our changes to the information on your tax return.
- Correct the copy of your tax return that you kept for your records.
- You don't need to do anything if you agree with the notice.
- If you disagree with the notice, please contact us at the toll-free number listed on its top right corner (within 60 days of its date).
You may want to...
- Download copies of the following materials (if they weren't included with your notice):
- Learn more about the Making Work Pay credit and the Government Retiree Credit.
- Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to have forms and publications mailed to you.
- Complete and send us a Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative to authorize someone (such as an accountant) to contact us on your behalf.
Answers to Common Questions
What is the Making Work Pay credit?
It is a refundable tax credit that can go up to $400 for individuals and $800 for married taxpayers.
What is the Government Retiree Credit?
It is a refundable tax credit that can go up to $250 for individuals and $500 for married taxpayers.
What should I do if I disagree with the changes you made?
Contact us at the toll free number listed on the top right corner of your notice if you disagree with the changes we made.
What should I do if I need to make another correction to my tax return?
You'll need to file an amended return to make a correction.
Tips for next year
Consider filing your taxes electronically. Filing online can help you avoid mistakes and find credits and deductions that you may qualify for. In many cases you can file for free. Learn more about e-file.
Perform a quick check on the amount you have withheld to make sure you won't owe money next year. You can use this IRS withholding calculator.
Understanding your notice
Reading your notice
Your notice may look different from the sample because the information contained in your notice is tailored to your situation.
Notice CP13M, Page 1
Notice CP13M, Page 2