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Individual Tax Return
Itemized Deductions
Application for Automatic Extension of Time
Request for Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and Certification

 

Single and Joint Filers With No Dependents
Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return
Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
Request for Transcript of Tax Return

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Amend/Fix Return
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Apply for an ITIN
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Understanding Your CP518I Notice

 

This is a final reminder notice that we still have no record that you filed your prior tax returns.


What you need to do

  • File your tax return immediately or explain to us why you don't need to file.
  • Use the response form on your notice to explain:
    • why you're filing late
    • why you don't have to file
    • that you’ve already filed

If we don't hear from you

  • We may determine your tax for you, and penalty and interest may continue to accrue.
  • If you are owed a refund for the current tax year, or any prior year, it may be delayed because of this unfiled return.

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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've provided.

What should I do if I've just filed my tax return?
You don't have to do anything if you filed your tax return within the last 8 weeks.

What should I do if I didn't file my tax return or it's 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. Mail us a copy of the tax return. Sign and date it. Send it with the response form.

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

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 can't pay the full amount you owe.


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.

Printable samples of this notice (PDF)

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