What to do if you get an IRS Notice or Letter?

About Your IRS Notice or Letter:

The IRS normally sends correspondence in the mail. 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. Be sure to follow the instructions. The letter will also have contact information if you have questions.
  • Focus on the issue: IRS notices usually 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. You can learn more on IRS.gov at https://www.irs.gov/individuals/understanding-your-irs-notice-or-letter
  • 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. 

  • 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 understand your letter information at https://www.irs.gov/individuals/understanding-your-letter-12c
  • You may not 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.
  • Beware of Scams: Don’t fall for phone or phishing E-Mail scams that use the IRS as a lure. We 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.

IRS provides valuable tax information throughout the year.

Please see https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-tax-tips

IRS.gov offers Taxpayer Bill of Rights at https://www.irs.gov/taxpayer-bill-of-rights


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