I Received a Letter from IRS about EITC or I Am Being Audited, What Should I Do?
Don't ignore the letter (notice). Follow the directions on the your letter. All the information you need is in your letter. This page explains your notice and gives tips on what you need to do now.
My Letter Says I May Qualify for EITC; What Should I Do?
We sent you a letter (notice) because our records show you may be eligible for the EITC but didn't claim it on your tax return.
First, find out if you qualify for EITC by following the steps shown in your notice. You can find out more about What you Need to Do and What we Will Do by using one of the links below. You can find your notice number in the top right corner of your notice.
If you need more help, you can:
- use the EITC Assistant for the tax year shown on your notice. It helps you find out if you qualify for EITC with or without a qualifying child
- review the Do I Qualify for EITC? page
My Letter Says I Need to Send Information to Verify My EITC Claim; What Should I Do?
We’re auditing your tax return and need information from you to verify the EITC you claimed. We may be holding your refund of the following credits: EITC also called EIC, ACTC (Additional Child Tax Credit), the PTC (Premium Tax Credit) and the AOTC (American Opportunity Tax Credit). We will hold this refund pending the results of your audit.
Don’t ignore this notice. Find out more about What you Need to Do and What we Will Do by using one of the links below. You can find your notice number in the top right corner of your notice.
Find help resolving your audit through:
- Reading our Tax Topic which explains the next steps
- Contacting a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. A LITC can help you with your audit. Services are provided for free or for a small fee.
My Notice Says We Changed Your Tax Return that Affected Your EITC Claim; What Should I Do?
We changed your tax return because we believe you had an error that affected your EITC. The error could be:
- A missing or incorrect Social Security number for exemptions, dependents or credits
- The age of child is not consistent with the credit requirements
- A missing schedule or form; such as the Form 8862 or Form 8862-SP
- An addition, subtraction, multiplication or division error on your return
- An incorrect information from a tax table, worksheet, schedule or form
Find out more about What you Need to Do by using one of the links below. You can find your notice number in the top right corner of your notice.
Note: If you are or were required to file Form 8862 or Form 8862-SP or your EITC was previously disallowed and now you want to claim EITC, see My EITC was Disallowed Previously and Now I Want To Claim EITC.
My Letter Says IRS has Important Information about My EITC Tax Return; What Should I Do?
New for 2016. We are sending letters to people who claimed the EITC when our records don't match the information on his or her tax return. If you get one of these letters, you are not being audited but we do want you to review your return to make sure it is complete and correct. If you claimed the EITC in error, file a Form 1040X (Form 1040X instructions) amended return to correct it. See Ten Facts on Filing an Amended Return here.
Also you can use the information when you file your next tax return to help you understand the rules for claiming the EITC and reporting your income correctly. The new letters are:
- Letter 5621, Make sure your children meet the criteria for claiming the EITC
This letter asks you to review your tax return to make sure the children claimed on the tax return for EITC each met all the qualifying children rules for the credit.
- Letter 5621-A, Make sure the income and expenses you reported on your Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ are correct
This letter asks you to review your tax return to determine if all the income and expenses reported on your Schedule C or C-EZ are complete and correct.
My Notice Says, We’re not allowing your credit; What Should I Do?
You were banned from claiming the Earned Income Credit (EIC) for two or ten years for your intentional disregard of the rules or a fraudulent claim. Since your ban is still in effect, we disallowed the EIC for this tax year. Your notice is a CP75C.
In about 30 days, you will get another notice, the Statutory Notice of Deficiency. If you agree, sign and return the notice to us.
If you believe the ban was incorrectly applied, you need to request an audit reconsideration for the year we banned you. Learn more about an audit reconsideration on the IRS Audit page.
Other Information on Notices, Letters and Audits
- IRS Audit page
- Taxpayer Advocate page on notices
- Publication 3498-A, The Examination Process (Examinations by Mail, (PDF)
- Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund, (PDF)