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Understanding your CP59 Notice

We sent you this notice because we have no record that you filed your prior personal tax return or returns.


What you need to do

  • File your personal tax return immediately or explain to us why you don't need to file.
  • Use the response form on your notice to explain:
    • why you're filing late
    • why you don't have to file
    • that you’ve already filed

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Answers to Common Questions

What should I do if I disagree with the notice?
Call us at the toll free number on the top right corner of your notice. Please have your paperwork ready when you call. If you prefer, you can write to us using the notice's response form. Please enclose it in the envelope we've provided.

What should I do if I've just filed my tax return?
You don't have to do anything if you filed your tax return within the last eight weeks.

What should I do if I didn't file my tax return or it's been more than eight weeks since I filed it?
Complete the response form from your notice. Check the name, Social Security number (or Taxpayer Identification Number), and tax year on your notice. Make sure they match the name, number, and year on the return. Mail us a copy of the tax return. Sign and date it. Send it with the response form.

What happens if I can't pay the full amount I owe when I file my return?
You can make a payment plan with us when you can't pay the full amount you owe.


Tips for next year

File your return on time.

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.

If you have dependent children, you may be able to claim a tax credit for them. Publication 972, Child Tax Credit, has information about this credit.

Printable samples of this notice (PDF)

Tax publications you may find useful

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.
 

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 04-Mar-2014