I Got A Notice From The IRS: Now What?

1. Many of these letters can be dealt with simply and painlessly. Do not panic.

2. It’s important that you keep copies of any correspondence with your records.

3. 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-hand corner of the notice. Have a copy of your tax return and the correspondence available when you call to help us respond to your inquiry.

4. Each letter and notice offers specific instructions on what you are asked to do to satisfy the inquiry.

5. 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.

6. If you receive a correction notice, you should review the correspondence and compare it with the information on your return.

7. 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 upper left-hand corner of the notice. Allow at least 30 days for a response.

8. If you agree with the correction to your account, usually no reply is necessary unless a payment is due.

9. Call a tax attorney for help. Call Mitchell A. Port at (310) 559-5259.