I received a notice or letter from IRS. What should I do?
Every year, the IRS sends numerous notices or letters to taxpayers. Each notice or letter
explains the reason for the contact and gives instructions on how to handle an issue. It is
extremely important to read the notice or letter and NOT ignore it. If you agree with the
information, there is no need to contact the IRS. In some cases, a taxpayer’s failure to
respond may result in undesirable consequences.
The Internal Revenue Service website (irs.gov) states:
“If you do not agree with information in the notice or letter, contact the IRS before the
date on the notice or letter. The IRS sends notices and letters for the following reasons:
- There is a balance due
- A smaller or larger refund is due
- Your identity needs to be verified
- Additional information is needed
- Your tax return was changed
- There are delays in processing your tax return”
The IRS may send a certified letter for one of several possible reasons. These include a tax
return being audited, a lien placed against your house or other real estate you own, your bank
accounts to be levied, or your property to be seized. When you receive a notice from IRS or letter by
certified mail, follow the instructions and respond on time. Do NOT ignore the letter.
There are several reasons a notice or letter will ask for a response by a specific date.
These include minimization of additional interest or penalty charges, and preservation of your
right to appeal if you do not agree. Your timely actions increase the likelihood of a
satisfactory resolution of tax issues.
When a notice or letter requests payment, there are several options. These include
payment of the balance in full or making a partial payment and requesting an installment
agreement for the remainder. An installment agreement can be requested either online or by
contacting the IRS directly by phone or in person. Once the installment agreement is
approved, taxpayers make monthly payments until the amount due is paid in full.
If you need assistance resolving tax issues, please contact the Law Office of Stephen
Robertson. Our experienced skilled attorneys will assist you through the process.
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