How to React to a Letter from the IRS

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The IRS sends out millions of letters and notices to taxpayers in reference to their filed taxes. Before panicking, know that most of these letters contain simple fixes and aren’t a cause for panic. Here’s what to do if you receive a notice or letter from the IRS.

  1. Don’t panic. Most times, the notice doesn’t really imply anything too bad. Just read the instructions carefully.
  1. Send over relevant information. If the IRS is requesting payments, asking for additional information or notifying you of a change in your account, comply with the notice. Send all relevant information and it will most likely resolve the issue right then and there.
  1. Check if you agree with corrections. If the IRS made corrections to your taxes and you agree with the changes they made to your taxes, then you won’t have to do anything.
  1. Respond to the request if you don’t agree with tax corrections. If you feel the IRS made a mistake with a correction on your taxes, then you need to respond back to the letter with a full written explanation as to why you disagree. You should also include all supporting documents to help build and explain your case further. Mail in the form and wait at least 30 days for a response from the IRS before contacting them.
  1. Be sure to keep copies of everything. If you have mailed something, be sure to keep a copy of it for your own records in case it didn’t get sent to the IRS. You want to have proof of everything in the event that you need to prove it to the IRS in court.

If you feel that your issues with the IRS are beyond your capabilities, reaching out to an attorney could help with finding a resolution.

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