Understanding your CP71A notice

What this notice is about

We’re reminding you of tax, penalty, and interest you owe.

Your account will remain in non-collectable status until your financial situation changes.

This notice also explains the possible denial or revocation of your United States passport. Read the information carefully to know how it may affect you.

What you need to do

  • Read your notice carefully — it will explain how much money you owe on your taxes.
  • If we notified you that we suspended enforced collection on your account because it would create a financial hardship (meaning you would be unable to pay basic reasonable living expenses if we levied) AND your financial situation has not changed, you don’t need to do anything.

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.
  • Learn more about how to submit an offer in compromise.

Frequently asked questions

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

Yes, you receive a late payment penalty.

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

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

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act generally prohibits the U.S. Department of State from issuing or renewing a passport to a taxpayer with seriously delinquent tax debt. Additional information on passport certification is available at IRS.gov/passports.

Helpful information

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.

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