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

Frequently asked 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.

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.