Ten Things to Know about IRS Notices and Letters
IRS Tax Tip 2014-60, April 22, 2014
Each year, the IRS sends millions of notices and letters to taxpayers for a variety of reasons. Here are ten things to know in case one shows up in your mailbox.
- Don’t panic. You often only need to respond to take care of a notice.
- There are many reasons why the IRS may send a letter or notice. It typically is about a specific issue on your federal tax return or tax account. A notice may tell you about changes to your account or ask you for more information. It could also tell you that you must make a payment.
- Each notice has specific instructions about what you need to do.
- You may get a notice that states the IRS has made a change or correction to your tax return. If you do, review the information and compare it with your original return.
- If you agree with the notice, you usually don’t need to reply unless it gives you other instructions or you need to make a payment.
- If you do not agree with the notice, it’s important for you to respond. You should write a letter to explain why you disagree. Include any information and documents you want the IRS to consider. Mail your reply with the bottom tear-off portion of the notice. Send it to the address shown in the upper left-hand corner of the notice. Allow at least 30 days for a response.
- You shouldn’t have to call or visit an IRS office for most notices. If you do have questions, call the phone number in the upper right-hand corner of the notice. Have a copy of your tax return and the notice with you when you call. This will help the IRS answer your questions.
- Keep copies of any notices you receive with your other tax records.
- The IRS sends letters and notices by mail. We do not contact people by email or social media to ask for personal or financial information.
- For more on this topic visit IRS.gov. Click on the link ‘Responding to a Notice’ at the bottom left of the home page. Also, see Publication 594, The IRS Collection Process. You can get it on IRS.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).
Additional IRS Resources:
- Tax Topic 651 - Notices – What to Do
- Tax Topic 652 - Notice of Underreported Income – CP-2000
- Tax Topic 653 - IRS Notices and Bills, Penalties and Interest Charges
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