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Understanding Your CP131 Notice

We made changes to your tax return because we believe there’s a miscalculation on your return. As a result of these changes, you don’t owe us any money, nor are you due a refund.

What you need to do

  • Read the notice carefully. It will explain the changes we made.
  • Compare the figures on the notice to the information on your tax return.
  • If you agree with the changes we made, you don’t need to respond to this notice. Correct the copy of your tax return that you kept for your records.
  • We reduced your account balance to zero because the amount owed was so small. Please don’t send a payment.
  • If you don’t agree with the changes, contact us within 10 days from the date of your notice by calling the toll free number listed on your notice or by mailing the completed contact stub with any correspondence or documentation.

Answers to Common Questions

How can I find out what caused my tax return to change?

Call us at the toll free number listed on your notice for specific information about your tax return.

Where can I get forms and instructions?

Visit or call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676).

Tips for next year

  • Refer to the instructions for your tax return for required documentation and how to complete your return. Attach all required forms and schedules to your tax return when filing.
  • 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.

Tax publications you may find useful

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 11-Feb-2016

How to get help

  • Call the 1-800, 1-866 or 1-888 number listed on the top right corner of your notice.
  • Authorize someone (e.g., accountant) to contact the IRS on your behalf using Form 2848.
  • See if you qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.