Information reported on your tax return doesn’t match information reported to us from third parties.
What you must do
- Read your notice carefully. It explains the information we received.
- Complete and return the response form to indicate if you agree or disagree with the information reported.
- If you didn't report the income on your tax return, you don't need to file an amended return to report it. Check the box indicating you agree with the information reported by others, sign and date the response page and return.
- If you don't agree with the with the information we sent you, check the box indicating you don’t agree with some or all of the information on the response page and return it with a signed statement explaining each item of discrepancy. If applicable, attach copies of documents to support the entries on the original return.
You may want to
- Send us the name, address and taxpayer identification number of the other party that received the income if it isn't yours.
- Notify the payers to correct their records to show the name and taxpayer identification number of the person or business who actually received the income, so that future reports to us are accurate. Contact us with any unanswered questions you have.
Answers to common questions
Is this notice a bill?
No. We're asking you to verify the income reported on your tax return because it’s different from the information we received from other sources.
Why did it take you so long to contact me about this matter?
Tax years generally end on Dec. 31, but we don't receive information from banks, businesses, and other payers until much later. Once we receive all the tax returns and payer information, we compare the information you reported with the information the third party payers provided to us. It can take 8 months or more to complete the review.
Should I call with my response or mail it in?
If you have a simple response, such as directing us to a specific line on your original return where you reported the income, you can call the toll-free number listed on the notice.
We may require a written response if the issue is more involved, especially if you disagree with some of the proposed changes. You may want to mail copies of payer information documents, such as Forms 1099 or Schedules K-1. Include any other letters or documents that support your position. You should submit a written statement to explain any unusual tax situations.
I need more time to find my records and go through them all. Will you allow me additional time to respond?
If you don’t respond by the date shown on the notice, we'll continue processing the case using the additional information. If you need more time to research your records, you can call us at the number listed on your notice to request a 30-day extension. We may also provide additional time to respond if you have unusual circumstances.
What should I do to avoid problems like this in the future?
- Keep accurate payment information from banks and other payers to verify you received all payment information for filing your return. Review the documents to be sure they show your most current address.
- Report specific income types on the correct lines on Form 1120, U.S. Corporation Income Tax Return, or Form 1041, U.S. Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts. For more information, see the reporting instructions for the form you are required to file.
- If you report income on a line not traditionally reserved for that type of income, provide a statement explaining where you reported the income.
- Always attach a statement identifying the source of the amount reported on Form 1120, line 10, or Form 1041, line 8 (Other Income).
- Attach a statement explaining your percentage of gross proceeds that you would be liable to claim on your tax return.
- Generally, if you receive a Form 1099 for amounts that actually belong to another person, you are a nominee recipient. You must file a Form 1099 with the IRS (the same type of Form 1099 you received) for each of the other owners showing the amounts applicable to each.
Tax publications you may find useful
- Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer (.pdf)
- Publication 542, Corporations (.pdf)
- Publication 5181, Tax Return Reviews by Mail CP 2000, Letter 2030, CP 2501, Letter 2531 (.pdf)
- Instructions for Form 1041, U.S. Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts (.pdf)
- Instructions for Form 1120, U.S. Corporation Income Tax Return (.pdf)
- Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return (.pdf)
- Full list of tax forms and instructions
How to get help
- Call the 800, 866 or 888 number listed on the top right corner of your notice.
- Authorize someone (such as an accountant) to contact the IRS on your behalf using Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative (PDF)
- See if you qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.