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(ASL) - YouTube video text script - Responding to Audit Letter Notice CP75: Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Hi, I’m Joshua, and I work for the IRS.

When the IRS conducts an audit, many are conducted by mail.

And that audit could be about your Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC.

We generally use notice CP75 to inform you that we’re auditing your tax return for the EITC and to request information to verify the credit.

So what should you do when you get this letter?

First, look at the upper right corner to verify that the number of the notice is CP75.

Then, respond to the letter within 30 days and submit an explanation or the requested documents to show you’re eligible to claim the EITC.

Here are some tips to help you respond.

First, make sure the child you’re listing on your return as a qualifying child meets all three of the EITC eligibility tests.

The criteria are, the child is related to you, meets the age requirements, and lived with you for more than half the tax year.

Next, review the enclosed Form 886HEIC. It’s very important because it explains what documents you need to send to prove you can claim the EITC.

If you paid someone to prepare your return, that person generally fills out an EITC checklist that may also help you respond to this letter.

See if your preparer included this checklist, Form 8867, with your copy of your tax return.

If a copy was not included, contact your preparer for a copy from their files.

Now, if none of your children qualify you for the EITC, you may still be allowed some of the credit.

Be sure to look at your letter and the other forms in your packet to see if you need to send us anything else, because we may be auditing other issues besides EITC.

And, if you’re due a refund, you can get it faster by responding as quickly as possible.

If we don’t hear from you within 30 days, we’ll send you a follow-up letter and Form 4549, “Income Tax Examination Changes”, which is also called the “Audit Report.”

The audit report shows the proposed changes to your tax return.

If you agree with our proposed changes, sign and return this part of the Form 4549 using the envelope provided.

Here are some more tips to help you resolve your EITC audit.

Reply by the due date or call the number on the notice if you need more time.

Send in all requested documents at the same time.

Put the first page of the letter on top of your reply.

You may fax your documents to us using the number on your letter… or you can mail them in the enclosed envelope.

Finally, the packet we sent you includes a toll free number and Publication 3498a, “The Examination Process, (Audits by Mail)”.

This publication walks you through the exam process and explains your responsibilities and rights during and after an audit.

For more information, go to IRS.gov/EITC and scroll down to “I received a letter from IRS About EITC, What Should I Do?”

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 13-Oct-2016