What to do if You Get a Notice from the IRS
Each year the IRS mails millions of notices. Here’s what
you should do if you receive a notice from the IRS:
- Don’t ignore it. You can respond to most IRS notices
quickly and easily. And it’s important that you reply
- IRS notices usually deal with a specific issue about
your tax return or tax account. For example, it may say
the IRS has corrected an error on your tax return. Or it
may ask you for more information.
- Read it carefully and follow the instructions about
what you need to do.
- If it says that the IRS corrected your tax return,
review the information in the notice and compare it to
your tax return.
If you agree, you don’t need to
reply unless a payment is due.
If you don’t
agree, it’s important that you respond to the IRS. Write
a letter that explains why you don’t agree. Make sure to
include information and any documents you want the IRS
to consider. Include the bottom tear-off portion of the
notice with your letter. Mail your reply to the IRS at
the address shown in the lower left part of the notice.
Allow at least 30 days for a response from the IRS.
- You can handle most notices without calling or
visiting the IRS. If you do have questions, call the
phone number in the upper right corner of the notice.
Make sure you have a copy of your tax return and the
notice with you when you call.
- Keep copies of any notices you get from the
- Don’t fall for phone and phishing email scams that
use the IRS as a lure. The IRS first contacts people
about unpaid taxes by mail – not by phone. The IRS does
not contact taxpayers by email, text or social media
about their tax return or tax account.
For more on this topic visit IRS.gov. Click on
‘Responding to a Notice’ at the bottom left of the home
page. Also see Publication 594, The IRS Collection Process.
You can get it on IRS.gov or call 800-TAX-FORM
(800-829-3676) to get it by mail.