IRS Correspondence. The IRS will mail a letter or a notice to a taxpayer if there is something wrong with the taxpayer's return or if the agency needs more information about the return or the person who filed it. The IRS will also send the taxpayer a notice if it changes the taxpayer's return. In many instances the IRS may be confirming the taxpayer’s identity, or the IRS needs additional information.
If a taxpayer receives mail from the IRS, they should open it and read it carefully.
Do Not Ignore Mail from the IRS. Taxpayers should never disregard mail from the IRS. The notice or letter will explain why the IRS is contacting the taxpayer and will outline the action the taxpayer needs to take.
Do Not Panic. Taxpayers should read the notice or letter carefully and follow the included instructions. For example, if the IRS changed the taxpayer's return, the taxpayer should compare the information in the notice or letter with the information on their filed return. Generally, if the taxpayer agrees with the changes the IRS made, they don't need to contact the IRS.
Timely Respond to the Notice or Letter. A taxpayer should promptly respond to any notice or letter from the IRS that requires a response. By responding quickly, the taxpayer will:
Amount Due Notices. If a taxpayer receives a balance-due notice, the taxpayer should pay as much as they can, even if they can't pay the full amount due. The IRS has several ways to pay, and most taxpayers should be able to use the self-help tools on IRS.gov to set up a payment plan. Taxpayers can pay online or apply online for a payment agreement – including installment agreements and Offers in Compromise.
Keep a Copy of any IRS Correspondence. Taxpayers should keep a copy of all notices or letters with other tax records.
When calling the IRS. If a taxpayer must contact the IRS by phone, they should use the phone number in the upper right-hand corner of the notice. The taxpayer should have a copy of their tax return and the notice or letter when calling.
Typically, taxpayers only need to contact the IRS if:
Taxpayers can also write to the agency at the address on the notice or letter. Taxpayer replies are worked on a first-come, first-served basis and will be processed based on the date the IRS receives it. Also, remember that the IRS will not contact taxpayers by phone, therefore do not provide personal information (or tax information) to anyone calling that claims to be the IRS.
If you need assistance with an IRS notice, please contact one of the tax experts at RVG & Company to assist you at 954. 233.1767.
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