Understanding Your CP71 Notice

What this notice is about

You received this notice to remind you of the amount you owe in tax, penalty and interest.


What you need to do

  • Read your notice carefully. It will explain how much money you owe on your taxes.

You may want to

  • Make payment arrangements if you cannot pay the full amount you owe.
  • Learn more about your payment options and how to make a payment arrangement.

Answers to common questions

Am I charged interest on the money I owe?

Yes, interest accrues on your unpaid balance until you pay it in full.

Do I receive a penalty if I cannot pay the full amount?

Yes, you receive a late payment penalty.

What happens if I cannot pay the full amount I owe?

You can arrange to make a payment plan with us if you cannot pay the full amount you owe.

How can I set up a payment plan?

Call the toll-free number listed on the top right corner of your notice to discuss payment options or learn more about payment arrangements.


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.

Printable samples of this notice (PDF)

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.