IRS Letters and Notifications

Why did the IRS send me a notice?

If you receive a letter or notice from the IRS, it will explain the reason for the contact and provide instructions on how to handle your problem.

A letter or notice from the IRS is not always bad news. As a matter of fact, the notice often delivers good news.

The IRS sends notices and letters for the following reasons:

  • You have a balance due.
  • You are due a larger or smaller refund.
  • They have a question about your tax return.
  • They need to verify your identity.
  • They need additional information.
  • They changed your return.
  • They are notifying you of a delay in processing your return.

If you owe back taxes, the IRS has a notice cycle to start the collections activity against you. In the cycle, some notices require no action while others require immediate action in order to preserve your appeal rights. You will have time, however, to review the items that are being contested and to prepare your response.

Remember, you are entitled to representation. Every tax problem is unique, and you do not have to handle your tax problem on your own.

The tax problem experts at Tax Help Advisors, LLC can analyze your particular tax situation and advise you on the best options for you. Founder Randy Welborn states, “We will only take your case if we can help solve your IRS tax problem.” You will meet with a licensed CPA or Certified Tax Resolution Specialist who will handle your case and keep you informed throughout the process.

You may never have to meet with the IRS.

Tips for Handling an IRS Letter or Notification

  • Respond. Do not ignore it. You can respond to most IRS notices quickly and easily.
  • Follow the instructions in the letter. Read the notice carefully. It will tell you if you need to take any action. The letter will also have contact information if you have questions.
  • If you have IRS tax debt issues, focus on the specific issue addressed in the notice. Your notice or letter will explain the reason for the contact and give you instructions on how to handle the issue.
  • The letter could be a correction notice explaining that the IRS corrected your tax return and advising you to review the information provided and compare it to your tax return.
    • If you agree, you do not need to reply unless a payment is due.
    • If you don’t agree, it’s important that you respond. Follow the instructions on the notice as to the best way to respond.
  • The IRS may send you a letter asking you to clarify or verify your premium tax credit information. The letter may ask for a copy of your Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement.
  • You don’t need to visit the IRS. Most notices do not require a visit to the IRS.
  • Always keep a copy of the notice with your tax records.

Remember, you are not in this alone. Trust the tax resolution professionals at Tax Help Advisors, LLC who know the workings of the IRS and the tax laws that govern it.

We are here to give you back the peace of mind your tax problems have taken away. ~Randy Welborn