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Key Facts To Know If You Receive An IRS Notification

The IRS sends millions of letters and notices to taxpayers for a variety of reasons. An IRS notification or letter can be easily dealt with without having to call or visit an IRS office. Here are nine things you should know about if you receive a notice or letter from the IRS.

What To Do When You Receive An IRS Notification

  1. There are a number of reasons why the IRS might send you an IRS notification. IRS notifications may request payment, notify you of account changes, or request additional information. A notice normally covers a very specific issue about your account or tax return.
  2. Each IRS notification and letter offers specific instructions on what action you need to take.
  3. If you receive a correction notice, you should review the correspondence and compare it with the information on your tax return.
  4. If you agree with the correction to your account, then usually no reply is necessary unless a payment is due or the notice directs otherwise.
  5. If you do not agree with the correction the IRS made, it is important to contact us before responding. We’ll help you to prepare a written explanation to send to the IRS of why you disagree and make sure it includes any information and documents the IRS should consider that support your case. You should hear from the IRS within 30 days regarding your correspondence.
  6. Most correspondence can be handled without calling or visiting an IRS office. In order to handle any issues that arise more quickly, we ask that you please have a copy of your tax return, as well as any correspondence from the IRS available when you contact us.
  7. It’s important to keep copies of any correspondence with your other tax records.
  8. An IRS notification is sent by mail only. The IRS does not correspond by e-mail about taxpayer accounts or tax returns. If you receive an e-mail, it is a scam.

If you have received an IRS notification or letter and have questions or concerns don’t hesitate to call us.

Your inaction and delay will only magnify your tax problems. We want to hear about your tax problem and provide you with the needed relief and resolution. We want to create a plan that resolves your tax problems while allowing you to get on with your life. Our professional approach and commitment will help get you on the right track.

Our goal at Tax Samaritan is to provide the best counsel, advocacy and personal service for our clients. We are not only tax preparation and representation experts, but strive to become valued business partners. Tax Samaritan is committed to understanding our client’s unique needs; every tax situation is different and requires a personal approach in providing realistic and effective solutions.

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Tax Samaritan is a team of Enrolled Agents with over 25 years of experience focusing on US tax preparation and representation. We maintain this tax blog where all articles are written by Enrolled Agents. Our main objective is to educate US taxpayers on their tax responsibilities and the selection of a tax professional. Our articles are also designed to help taxpayers looking to self prepare, providing specific tips and pitfalls to avoid.

When looking for a tax professional, choose carefully. We recommend that you hire a credentialed tax professional such as Tax Samaritan that is an Enrolled Agent (America’s Tax Experts). If you are a US taxpayer overseas, we further recommend that you seek a professional who is experienced in expat tax preparation, like Tax Samaritan (most tax professionals have limited to no experience with the unique tax issues of expat taxpayers).

Randall Brody is an enrolled agent, licensed by the US Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before the IRS for audits, collections and appeals. To attain the enrolled agent designation, candidates must demonstrate expertise in taxation, fulfill continuing education credits and adhere to a stringent code of ethics.

Every effort has been taken to provide the most accurate and honest analysis of the tax information provided in this blog. Please use your discretion before making any decisions based on the information provided. This blog is not intended to be a substitute for seeking professional tax advice based on your individual needs.


Published by Randall Brody
Updated: July 23, 2014

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