Understanding your CP081 notice


What this notice is about

We haven't received your tax return for a specific tax year. The statute of limitations to claim a refund of your credit or payment for that tax year is about to expire.

What you need to do

  • If you're required to file this tax return, file immediately. We'll apply the credit amount shown on this notice to the tax you owe and refund any overpayment to you, if you don't owe other taxes or obligations.
  • If you've already filed this return and it has been over 8 weeks, send us a newly signed copy of your tax return. Be sure to attach copies of all schedules and other documents you included with your previously filed original tax return.
  • If you want the credit transferred to another tax form, tax period or tax identification number, call us at 800-829-0115.
  • If you don't file your tax return or contact us, you'll lose this credit. The Internal Revenue Code sets strict time limits for refunding or transferring credits.

You may want to

Call 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676) to order forms and publications or download them at Forms, instructions & publications.

Frequently asked questions

Generally, you must file a tax return within 3 years from the due date of the return (including extensions) to receive a refund of any overpayment on your account. After this statute of limitations expires, we can't refund any overpayments.

Send it to the address listed on the notice.

You don't have to do anything if you filed your tax return within the last 8 weeks.

Tips for next year

File all required returns by the appropriate due date.

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