We received your tax return and are holding your refund until we complete a more thorough review of the benefits you claimed under a treaty and/or the deductions claimed on Schedule A.
What you need to do
- No further action is needed on your part at this time.
- Please don't file a duplicate return as this will slow down the review process.
You may want to
- If you've moved or are planning to move since the time of filing, please contact IRS and/or file Form 8822.
Answers to Common Questions
How long will it take for me to get my refund?
Depending upon the results of our review, if we find no issues, we’ll send you your refund within 6-12 weeks, as long as you don't owe other taxes or debts we're required to collect.
What happens if you find problems?
We will send you a notice with additional information and instructions within 6-12 weeks.
Why was my return selected for review?
Cases have been randomly selected that are claiming treaty benefits and/or claimed deductions on Schedule A.
How will I be contacted?
We will correspond to you through mail.
Tax publications you may find useful
- Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer
- Publication 54, Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad
- Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals
- Publication 519, U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens
- Publication 570, Tax Guide for Individuals with Income from U.S. Possessions
- Publication 901, U.S. Tax Treaties
- Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education
- Find a copy of any necessary tax forms and instructions
How to get help
- Call the 800, 866 or 888 number listed on the top right corner of your notice.
- Authorize someone (such as an accountant) to contact the IRS on your behalf using Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative (PDF)
- See if you qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.