Understanding Your CP516 Notice
This notice reminds you that we still have no record that you filed your prior tax return or returns.
What you must do
- File your tax return immediately or explain to us why you do not need to file.
- Use the response form on your notice to explain:
- Why you are filing late
- Why you do not have to file
- That you have already filed
You may want to
- Review what happens when you do not file a tax return by reviewing the following:
- Review your records and make sure you filed all your prior returns. Download copies of prior year tax returns and products.
- Use one of our transcript services to get copies of the income information received by the IRS.
- Check to see that you have enough money withheld from your paycheck to pay your taxes. The IRS Withholding Calculator can help.
- Learn more about your payment options if you owe additional taxes on your return.
- Learn more about payment plans and installment agreements.
- Learn more about offers in compromise.
Answers to common 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 paperwork ready when you call. If you prefer, you can write to us using the notice's response form. Enclose it in the envelope we provided.
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 the response form from 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. Then mail us a signed and dated copy of the tax return with the response form.
What happens if I cannot 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 requesting them online on the Get Transcript website.
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.