Don’t panic. There are many reasons why the IRS might mail you a letter. In most cases, simply responding to the notice and providing the requested information will take care of it. Here’s what else you need to know:
- Read the letter carefully and take note of the instructions. An IRS notice will typically be about your federal tax return or tax account and reference a specific issue. You may owe taxes or need to provide additional information.
- Compare any requested changes or information with your tax return. If you agree with the findings or changes listed in the notice, you may not have to take additional action unless you owe the IRS money.
- If you don’t agree with the notice you must respond in writing with any documents or supporting information for your position. Send the response by the date requested using the tear-off portion of the notice.
- Always keep originals and backup copies of any notices, returns, or documents you send.
- Be on the alert for tax scams. The IRS only sends notices by mail. The IRS will never contact you by email, phone, or social media. Any request you receive for personal or financial information over those channels is a scam and should be ignored or forwarded to email@example.com.