What Should I Do If I Receive an IRS Notice?

Just seeing a notice from the IRS in your mailbox can often evoke a wide range of internal responses from somewhere between concern and outright panic. Even though it feels natural for these types of reactions to occur, they are not always warranted. Each year, the IRS sends millions of notices to taxpayers nationwide, so you are not alone in seeing a notice appear in your mailbox. Here are some suggested steps to follow once you have received an IRS notice, and if you are still concerned, contact a multi-licensed tax attorney-CPA-EA for further assistance with dealing with the notice.

First, relax and breathe easily. It is tough to address any situation while under the duress of panic. Please do so if you need to step back for a minute before opening the IRS notice. Panic will prevent you from thinking clearly and won’t help you resolve the situation. Once you feel calmer, proceed.

Please remember that the IRS sends notices for various reasons, from a simple notification that your account needs additional information to a request to pay back taxes. For example, during the COVID pandemic, the IRS sent notices to inform taxpayers of Economic Stimulus Payments to go out, which was helpful information. Just because you receive an IRS notice doesn’t mean a financial burden is heading your way.

So please do not disregard the notice; that will only compound the matter.

When you open the notice, please read the notice very carefully. Be sure to look for the notice’s specific instructions indicating how to satisfy the inquiry. Also, please note the time the notice allows for the response. Sometimes, not responding by the deadline prevents certain defenses and appeals from being utilized. Also, if you need help from a tax professional, providing this information as soon as possible allows for proper and timely responses.

If you find it is a correction notice, review the information contained compared to the information with your return. If you agree with the correction, there is no need to reply unless a payment is due. If you disagree, respond and explain the basis of the disagreement. In addition, be sure to include any supporting information or documents you believe are pertinent to this tax issue.

Below is a Listing of the Majority Types of IRS Notices Sent (In Numerical Order). A Brief Notice Summary Included

  • CP23 – IRS Changed Tax Return – Estimated Payments The IRS changed your return because it found a difference between the estimated tax payments on your tax return and the amount they posted to your account. As a result of your recent audit, the IRS made changes to your tax return for the tax year specified on the notice. You owe money on your taxes as a result of these changes. If the IRS position is correct, respond by remitting tax, setting up some payment option, or even seeking an Unpaid Tax Resolution Alternative if you cannot pay. If you disagree, you must respond within 60 days of the notice. You will have the option of calling the number on the notice. If you do not respond within the time frame provided, the IRS will assess the tax, and as of that point, it becomes an outstanding tax liability, which the IRS will eventually enforce collections.

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