Facts to Know When Receiving a Letter from the IRS

If you are one of the millions of tax payers who will receive a notice or letter from the IRS it is important to act promptly and precisely to reconcile the dilemma.

Commonly notices or letters are regarding payment requests, additional information requests or account changes notifications. Each issue is specific and the letter will instruct you on what steps must be taken to solve the problem. It is important not to ignore the letter and hope the problem will go away.

If you are worried about receiving a letter there are a few things you must know.  The IRS sends letters by mail only. They do not communicate through email regarding taxpayer accounts or tax returns. Therefore, it is important that if you do receive a letter that you keep copies safe for your records because it will be your only copy.

If you have any questions when you receive a letter you can call the IRS Office whose number is located on the top right corner of the letter.  When calling, make sure you have a copy of your tax returns and the letter they sent you nearby to refer to. This will help the IRS with your call.

Receiving a Correction Notice

One type of letter you may receive is a correction notice.  The first step when receiving the correction notice is to compare the information on your tax returns to the letter.   If you accept the correction by the IRS there is no further action needed.   Unless the notice asks for additional requirements such as necessary payment due, you do not have a need to respond to the IRS.

However, if you do not accept the corrections made by the IRS you must respond to the letter in the way they outlined.   Disputing the IRS’s adjustment usually entails writing a letter on why you believe the IRS’s changes were incorrect.  Along with your letter you must include any relevant documentation and information that will support your reasoning.  Mail these two things along with the bottom tear-off portion of the notice to the IRS address listed on the top left portion of the letter.  Waiting for a response usually takes 30 days.

We advise our clients to send us copies of all correspondence they receive from the IRS.  Remember they are not always right.  Most cases are easily resolved by sending the IRS additional documentation.