What this notice is about
We sent you this notice because we have no record that you filed your prior personal tax return or returns.
What you need to do
- File your personal 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're 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.
You may want to
- Review what happens when you don't 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.
- Check to see that you have enough money withheld from your paycheck to pay your taxes. The Tax Withholding Estimator can help.
- Learn more about your payment options if you owe additional taxes on your return.
Frequently asked questions
What should I do if I disagree with the notice?
Call us at the toll-free number on the top right-hand 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 don't have to do anything if you filed your tax return within the last eight weeks.
What should I do if I didn't file my tax return or it's been more than eight weeks since I filed it?
Complete Form 15103 included with your notice. Check the name, Social Security number (or taxpayer identification 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 to pay off your balance over time.
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.
Tax publications you may find useful
- Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer
- Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax (PDF)
- Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax (PDF)
- Publication 972, Child Tax Credit
- Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List (PDF)
- Publication 4681, Canceled Debts, Foreclosures, Repossessions and Abandonments (PDF)
- Form 15103, Form 1040 Return Delinquency (PDF)
- Full list of tax forms and instructions
- 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.