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What to do if You Get a Notice from the IRS?

First of all, you should know IRS mails millions of notices each year. So don’t panic.

1.Don’t ignore it. You can respond to most IRS notices quickly and easily. And it’s important that you reply promptly (usually you have 30 days to respond).

2.IRS notices usually deal with a specific issue about your tax return or tax account. For example, it may say the IRS has corrected an error on your tax return. Or it may ask you for more information.

3.Read it carefully and follow the instructions about what you need to do.

4.Review the information in the notice and compare it to your tax return. If you agree, you don’t need to reply unless a payment is due. If you don’t agree, it’s important that you respond to the IRS. Write a letter that explains why you don’t agree. Make sure to include information and any documents you want the IRS to consider. Include the bottom tear-off portion of the notice with your letter. Mail your reply to the IRS at the address shown in the lower left part of the notice. Allow at least 30 days for a response from the IRS.

5. Keep copies of any notices you get from the IRS.

6. Don’t fall for phone and phishing email scams that use the IRS as a lure.

Audit notification: By Mail or By telephone (in case of a telephone contact, the IRS will still send a letter confirming the audit). E-mail notification is not use by IRS. Don’t open the mail, link or attachment. But you may Forward the email as-is, to IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

7. Taxpayers Right: Taxpayer have right to receive a courteous and professional assistance in their dealings with IRS and speak to a supervisor about inadequate service. Taxpayers have the right to expect that any IRS inquiry, examination, or enforcement action will comply with the law and be no more intrusive than necessary, and will respect all due process rights, including search and seizure protections and will provide, where applicable, a collection due process hearing.

8. Don’t give up. If you disagree with the audit findings, you have right to file your appeal request. Taxpayers have the right to raise objections and provide additional documentation in response to formal IRS actions or proposed actions, to expect that the IRS will consider their timely objections and documentation promptly and fairly, and to receive a response if the IRS does not agree with their position.