IRS Tax Notices

Each year the IRS mails millions of notices and letters to taxpayers. If you receive a notice from the IRS this is what you should do.

  1. Don’t ignore it! You can respond to most IRS notices quickly and easily.  It is important that you reply right away! More often than not the IRS expects correspondence from you within thirty days!
  2. Focus on the Issue: IRS notices usually deal with a specific issue about your tax return or tax account.  If you look at the explanation on the notice it will explain in detail the differences on our tax return.
  3. Follow Instructions! Read the notice carefully. It will tell you if you need to take any action to resolve the matter.
  4. If it is a correction notice it will state that the IRS corrected your tax return. You should review the information provided and compare it to your tax return.
  5. If you agree with the proposed changes there is no need to reply unless a payment is due. Then remit payment as soon as possbile.
  6. If you don’t agree it’s very important that you respond to the IRS. Write a letter that explains why you don’t agree.  Make sure to inlcude information and any documents you want the IRS to consider. Allow at least 30 days for a reponse from the IRS.
  7. Keep in mind that once you receive a notice it is not necessary to visit your local branch. Most notices can be handled with written correspondence.