If You Receive an IRS Notice or Letter, Here Is What to Do

Each year the IRS sends millions of letters and notices to taxpayers. If you receive one, do not panic. Here’s what to do:

  1. Follow the instructions in the letter.
  2. There are many reasons the IRS sends notices to taxpayers. Here are the common reasons:
  • You have a balance due.
  • You are due a larger or smaller refund.
  • IRS has a question about your tax return.
  • IRS needs to verify your identity.
  • IRS needs additional information.
  • IRS changed your return.
  • IRS needs to notify you of delays in processing your return.
  1. Each notice or letter contains a lot of valuable information, so it’s very important that you read it carefully. If you receive a notice about a correction to your tax return, you should review it carefully. You usually will need to compare the information in the notice to the entries on your tax return.If you agree with the correction, you usually don’t need to reply unless a payment is due.

    If you don’t agree with the correction the IRS made, it’s important that you respond as requested. Respond to the IRS in writing to explain why you disagree. Include any documents and information you wish the IRS to consider, along with the bottom tear-off portion of the notice. Mail the information to the IRS address shown in the lower left corner of the notice. Allow at least 30 days for a response from the IRS.

There are two main reasons you’ll want to comply and respond before the requested specific date:

  • to minimize additional interest and penalty charges.
  • to preserve your appeal rights if you don’t agree.
  • To avoid IRS Collection Process such as Wage and Bank Garnishments and Liens etc. 
  1. If you have questions, contact IRS by calling the telephone number in the upper right corner of the notice. When you call, have a copy of your tax return and the notice available. You can also write to IRS at the address in the notice or letter. If you write, allow at least 30 days for IRS to respond.
  2. Keep copies of any correspondence, notices or letters with your tax records. You may need these documents at a later date.
  3. Call a licensed tax resolution specialist. IRS Notice or Letter could lead to Audit or Collection situation if not dealt with carefully or correctly. A licensed tax resolution specialist is usually well trained with good knowledge and experience in this very special tax practice. Hiring a right tax resolution specialist will save you lots of time or reduce tax debts.

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