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.
- Don’t panic. Many of these letters can be dealt with simply and painlessly.
- 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.
- Each letter and notice offers specific instructions on what you need to do
to satisfy the inquiry.
- If you receive a correction notice, you should review the correspondence and
compare it with the information on your return.
- If you agree with the correction to your account, usually no reply is
necessary unless a payment is due.
- 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.
- 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.
- It’s important that you keep copies of any correspondence with your records.