Understanding Your CP79 Notice

What this notice is about

Before you can claim certain credits on a future tax return you must show you are eligible to receive the credits.

What you need to do

You don't need to take any action at this time.

You may want to

  • Review this notice with your tax preparer.
  • Review the rules for claiming the credits.

Answers to common questions

What do I need to do to claim credits in the future?
You must complete and attach Form 8862, Information to Claim Certain Credits After Disallowance (PDF), to your return.

Which credits does the notice apply to?
Earned Income Tax Credit, American Opportunity Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit or Credit for Other Dependents.

What if I disagree with the audit?
You may request a reconsideration of the audit and send us documentation proving you are entitled to the credits for the audited year.

How do I get a Form 8862?
Visit Forms and Publications or call 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676) for forms, instructions, and publications.

Tips for next year

Before you claim the credits on your tax return, make sure you're eligible.

Note: You still may be able to claim the Earned Income Credit (EIC) without qualifying children and without attaching a Form 8862. Refer to Publication 596, Earned Income Credit, for more information about qualifications for EIC.

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.