Things to Know if You Receive an IRS Notice or IRS Letter
Each year, the IRS sends millions of notices and letters to taxpayers for a variety of reasons. Here are some things to know in case one shows up in your mailbox.
- Don’t panic.
- There are many reasons why the IRS may send a letter or notice. It typically is about a specific issue on your federal tax return or tax account. A notice may tell you about changes to your account or ask you for more information. It could also tell you that you must make a payment.
- Each notice has specific instructions about what you need to do.
- You may get a notice that states the IRS has made a change or correction to your tax return. If you do, review the information and compare it with your original return.
- If you do not agree with the notice, it’s critical for you or your IRS representative party to respond.
- Keep copies of any notices you receive with your other tax records.
- The IRS sends letters and notices by mail. They don't contact people by email or social media to ask for personal or financial information.
- Contact a tax professional to help if the notice seems out of your league to deal with on your own.