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Individuals abroad and more
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Filing For Individuals

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For you and your family
Standard mileage and other information

Forms and Instructions

Individual Tax Return
Request for Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and Certification
Single and Joint Filers With No Dependents
Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate

 

Request for Transcript of Tax Returns
Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return
Installment Agreement Request
Wage and Tax Statement

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Understanding Your CP138 Notice

This notice tells you that all or part of the overpayment on a return you filed was applied to other federal taxes you owe.


What you must do

  • Read your notice carefully. It will explain why we couldn't apply the amount you requested to next year's taxes. It also will suggest additional steps for you to take, depending on your situation.
  • If you requested the overpayment in question to be applied to another tax period, you will need to make an additional payment for that tax period.

You may want to

  • Retain the notice for your records.
  • Review your records for the overpaid tax period and the tax period(s) to which it was applied.

Answers to common questions

Q. How can I find out what caused my overpayment to be reapplied?

A. Please contact us at the number listed on your notice for specific information concerning your tax return.

Q. What should I do if I disagree with the changes you made?

A. If you disagree, contact us at the toll-free number listed on the top right corner of your notice.

 

Printable samples of this notice (.pdf)

How to get help