Get an IRS Notice?

First, the IRS normally sends correspondence in the mail. Second, it sends millions of letters to taxpayers every year. As a result, keep these important points in mind if you get a letter or notice:

  • Don’t Ignore It.  You can respond to most IRS notices quickly and easily.
  • Follow Instructions.  Read the notice carefully. It will tell you if you need to take any action. In addition, be sure to follow the instructions. The letter will also have contact information if you have questions.
  • Focus on the Issue.  IRS notices often deal with a specific issue about your tax return or tax account. Your notice or letter will explain the reason for the contact and give you instructions on how to handle the issue.
  • Correction Notice. If the IRS corrected your tax return, you should review the information provided and compare it to your tax return.

If you agree, you don’t need to reply unless a payment is due.

If you don’t agree, it’s important that you respond. Follow the instructions on the notice for the best way to respond. You may be able to call us to resolve the issue. Have a copy of your tax return and the notice with you when you call. Alternatively, if you choose to write, be sure to include information and any documents you want considered. Also, write your taxpayer identification number (Social Security number, employer identification number or individual taxpayer identification number) on each page of the letter you send. Mail your reply to the address shown on the notice. Allow at least 45 -60 days for a response.

If you don’t get the result you’re looking for, you may need professional assistance.

  • Respond to Requests about the Premium Tax Credit.  The IRS may send you a letter asking you to clarify or verify your premium tax credit information. You should follow the instructions on the letter. For more information about these letters, see the Understanding Your Letter 0012C page on IRS.gov/aca.
  • You Don’t Need to Visit the IRS.  You can handle most notices without visiting the IRS. If you have questions, call the phone number in the upper right corner of the notice. Have a copy of your tax return and the notice when you call.
  • Keep the Notice.  Keep a copy of the IRS notice with your tax records.
  • Watch Out for Scams.  Don’t fall for phone and phishing email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS will contact you about unpaid taxes by mail first – not by phone.  Be aware that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text or social media.

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