Understanding your CP42 notice


What this notice is about

The amount of your refund has changed because we used it to pay a tax debt owed by you, your spouse or a former spouse.

What you need to do

Review the information in your notice. It’ll explain how we used your refund and how much of it is left.

Frequently asked questions

Call the number on your notice. Make sure to have your paperwork (cancelled checks, amended return, etc.) ready when you call.

You'll receive a refund check for any part we didn't use.

Tips for next year

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.

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