IRS Notices for Taxpayers

Each notice or letter from the IRS contains a lot of valuable information, so it’s very important that you read it carefully. If the notice is to inform you of a change or a proposed change to your tax return, compare the information provided in the notice or letter with the information in your original return. You will find a specific specific notice identifier in the upper right hand corner of the notice you receive.

Common IRS Notices ...
The IRS sends notices and letters for the following reasons:

  • You have a balance due.

  • You are due a larger or smaller refund.

  • The IRS has a question about your tax return.

  • The IRS needs to verify your identity.

  • The IRS needs additional information.

  • The IRS needs additional information.

  • The IRS has filed a substitute return (SFR).

  • The IRS needs to notify you of delays in processing your return.

Next Steps

Read

Each notice or letter contains a lot of valuable information, so it’s very important that you read it carefully. If we changed your tax return, compare the information we provided in the notice or letter with the information in your original return.

Respond

If your notice or letter requires a response by a specific date, there are 2 main reasons you’ll want to comply: (1) to minimize additional interest and penalty charges. (2) to preserve your appeal rights if you don’t agree.

Pay

Pay as much as you can, even if you can’t pay the full amount you owe. You can pay online or apply for an Online Payment Agreement or Offer in Compromise. Visit our payments page for more information.

Keep a copy of your notice or letter

It’s important to keep a copy of all notices or letters with your tax records. You may need these documents at a later date.

To look up your notice, please select one of the following links: