Eight Tips for Taxpayers Who Receive an IRS Notice

IRS Summertime Tax Tip 2011-22, August 24, 2011

Every year the Internal Revenue Service sends millions of letters and notices
to taxpayers, but that doesn’t mean you need to worry. Here are eight things
every taxpayer should know about IRS notices – just in case one shows up in your
mailbox.

  1. Don’t panic. Many of these letters can be dealt with
    simply and painlessly.
  2. There are number of reasons the IRS sends notices to taxpayers. The notice
    may request payment of taxes, notify you of a change to your account or request
    additional information. The notice you receive normally covers a very specific
    issue about your account or tax return.
  3. Each letter and notice offers specific instructions on what you need to do
    to satisfy the inquiry.
  4. If you receive a correction notice, you should review the correspondence and
    compare it with the information on your return.
  5. If you agree with the correction to your account, usually no reply is
    necessary unless a payment is due.
  6. If you do not agree with the correction the IRS made, it is important that
    you respond as requested. Write to explain why you disagree. Include any
    documents and information you wish the IRS to consider, along with the bottom
    tear-off portion of the notice. Mail the information to the IRS address shown in
    the lower left part of the notice. Allow at least 30 days for a
    response.
  7. 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 corner of the notice. Have a copy of your tax return and the
    correspondence available when you call.
  8. It’s important that you keep copies of any correspondence
    with your records.

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