Millions of notices are sent out each year to taxpayers for a variety of reasons. In case one shows up in your mailbox here are some important facts that will help you sift through the information.
- No reason to panic. Simply responding to the notice will often take care of a notice.
- The IRS may send a letter or notice for many reasons but generally notices are sent about a specific issue related to your federal tax return or tax account. The notice may be sent to inform you about changes to your account or ask you for more information. It could also tell you that you must make a payment.
- Each notice you receive will have specific instructions about what you need to do.
- If the notice you receive states that the IRS has made a change or correction to your tax return review the information and compare it with your original return.
- If you agree with the notice a reply is generally not necessary unless you are given instructions otherwise or you need to make a payment.
- It is important to respond if you do not agree with the notice. Write a letter to explain why you disagree with the contents of the notice. Include any information and documents you would like the IRS to consider. Mail your reply with the bottom tear-off portion of the notice. Send it to the address shown in the upper left-hand corner of the notice. Allow at least 30 days for a response.
- Calling or visiting the IRS office should not be necessary for most notices. If you have questions call the phone number in the upper right-hand corner of the notice. In order to facilitate answering your questions have a copy of your tax return handy along with the notice in question.
- Be sure to keep copies of any notices you receive with your other tax records.
- Remember that the IRS sends notices by mail and does not contact people by email or social media to ask for personal or financial information.
- For more information on this topic visit IRS.gov and click on the link ‘Responding to a Notice’ at the bottom left of the home page. More information is also available by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).
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