IRS Letters and Notices

IRS Letters and Notices - What they mean and how to respond to them

When the IRS needs to communicate with you, the will nearly always do with an IRS letter which should be sent via certified mail. The IRS letter will have an official IRS Notice number associated with it, but limited details on what the the notice actually means and how you may want to respond. The IRS notice number relates to the particular tax code the IRS is suggesting you have an issue with.  Although there are thousands of possible IRS letters and notices that could be sent to you, we have listed below the notifications that are most common and most serious. If you receive an IRS letter or have an IRS notification that you don’t see below, please contact us and we would be glad to explain it to you for free.

IRS Letters and Notices Explained

Why was I notified by the IRS?

The IRS sends notices and letters for the following reasons:

  • You have a balance due.
  • You are due a larger or smaller refund.
  • We have a question about your tax return.
  • We need to verify your identity.
  • We need additional information.
  • We changed your return.
  • We need to notify you of delays in processing your return.
  • CP14 – Notice when you have a balance due for unpaid taxes.
  • CP22A – Notice of changes to your tax return.
  • CP2000 – Notice of income reported not matching with IRS Records
  • CP297 – notice that the IRS can levy your assets in 30 days
  • CP3219 – Notice of deficiency and IRS Form 5564 which is an official form you complete to state you agree the deficiency is correct.
  • CP501 – Notice that you have a balance due – This is generally a reminder notice after the CP14 is sent.
  • CP503 – Second reminder notice that you have a balance due.
  • CP504 – Notice of balance due and if not paid the intent to levy
  • CP 523 – Notice IRS Installment Agreement Default
  • CP 508C – Notice of Passport revocation due to back taxes
  • CP 88 – Notice of Delinquent Return Refund Hold
  • CP90: Final Notice of Intent to Levy
  • LT 1058 Final Notice of Intent to Levy within 30 days
  • LT11 Notice of Intent to Levy your assets

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