What is an IRS Notice?

An IRS notice is an official letter from the IRS to a taxpayer. There are a number of reasons you may receive a notice from the IRS. It could be that you missed a deadline or incorrectly filed your tax returns.

What To Do When You Receive A Notice

The first and most important thing you should do: do not panic. Most of the time, these letters only require the taxpayer to read the directions and make a simple action.

The next thing you should do is verify that it is indeed from the IRS and not a scam agency.

An authentic IRS notice will have your tax ID number and the tax year(s) in question noted on the page. At the top of the letter, next to your address, there will be a 1-800 number available for you to call their direct office.

If you have never received a notice from the IRS before, here is what it typically tells you:
What the IRS wants to change or needs more information on
Why the IRS wants to change or needs said information
How/where to send requested steps or information back to them, if reply is requested

Types of IRS Notices

The types of notices you can receive from the IRS can be organized into three main categories.
Informational Notices

These notices usually do not require you to take action or reply, as they are mainly in response to a specific tax credit you claimed or any other specialized action you took with the IRS.

Tax Return/Account Change Notices
These notices are usually sent in the event that there was an error on your tax return, or that the IRS has made a change to your account.

Common occurrences found on these notices include the following:

  • A mistake made on a return
  • Holes/gaps in your income
  • The IRS has issued an audit on your account, or has already audited and is requesting changes be made

Back Tax Notices
This notice is very straight forward: you have a balance owed on your account, and it gives you the due date and your payment options.

When To Reach Out For Professional Help

With any of these notices, but especially when dealing with a back tax notice, it is best to reach out to a tax professional. Most notices can be resolved with the appropriate guidance, in which our Certified Tax Experts would be more than glad to assist you with any notice you receive from the IRS.

Our settlement officers, CPAs, and tax attorneys can help you with any problem you may be facing. If you have back taxes call one of our experts at 833-419-RISE(7473). They can guide you through the process and get you back on track.

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