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Eight Things to Know If You Receive
an IRS Notice
Each year, the Internal Revenue Service sends millions of
letters and notices to taxpayers for a variety of reasons. Here are eight
things to know about IRS notices Ė just in case one shows up in your
- Donít panic. Many of these letters can be dealt with simply and
- There are a number of reasons why the IRS might send you a notice.
Notices may request payment of taxes, notify you of changes to your
account, or request additional information. The notice you receive
normally covers a very specific issue about your account or tax return.
- Each letter and notice offers specific instructions on what you are
asked to do to satisfy the inquiry.
- If you receive a correction notice, you should review the
correspondence and compare it with the information on your return.
- If you agree with the correction to your account, then usually no
reply is necessary unless a payment is due or the notice directs
- If you do not agree with the correction the IRS made, it is
important that you respond as requested. You should send a written
explanation of why you disagree and include any documents and
information you want the IRS to consider, along with the bottom tear-off
portion of the notice. Mail the information to the IRS address shown in
the upper left-hand corner of the notice. Allow at least 30 days for a
- Most correspondence can be handled without calling or visiting an
IRS office. However, if you have questions, call the telephone number in
the upper right-hand corner of the notice. Have a copy of your tax
return and the correspondence available when you call to help us respond
to your inquiry.
- Itís important that you keep copies of any correspondence with your
For more information about IRS notices and bills, see Publication 594,
The IRS Collection Process. Information about penalties and interest is
available in Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax (For Individuals).
Both publications are available at http://www.irs.gov
or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).
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