Understanding Your CP516 Notice

What this notice is about

Reminder notice. We still have no record that you filed your prior tax return or returns.


What you need to do

  • File your tax return immediately or explain to us why you don't need to file.
  • Complete Form 15103, Form 1040 Return Delinquency (PDF) , included with your notice to explain:
    • Why you are filing late.
    • Why you don't have to file.
    • That you've already filed.
  • Detach notice stub, mail it with your tax return and completed Form 15103 using the envelope provided.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I disagree with the notice?

Call us at the toll-free number on the top right corner of your notice. Please have your notice and account information available when you call. If you prefer, you can write to us using Form 15103.

What should I do if I've just filed my tax return?

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

What should I do if I did not file my tax return or it has been more than 8 weeks since I filed it?

Complete Form 15103 included with your notice. Check the name, Social Security number, and tax year on your notice. Make sure they match the name, number, and year on the return. Mail us a signed and dated copy of the tax return with Form 15103.

What happens if I can't pay the full amount I owe when I file my return?

You can request a payment plan with us when you cannot pay the full amount you owe.

What if I need copies of income information the IRS received for me?

You can get copies by using the Get Transcript option available online.

What if I want to file prior year returns electronically?

We accept prior year returns electronically for the 2 most recent prior years. However, you must locate an e-file provider who offers the service to do so.


Tips for next year

  • File your return on time. 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.
  • If you have dependent children, you may be able to claim a tax credit for them. Publication 972, Child Tax Credit (PDF), has information about this credit.

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Need Help?

  • You can authorize someone to contact the IRS on your behalf.
  • See if you qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
  • If you can’t find what you need online, you can call the IRS at the 800, 866, or 888 number listed on the notice.