The IRS mails millions of letters to taxpayers every year for many reasons.  Here are seven simple suggestions on how individuals can handle a letter or notice from the IRS:

1.Don’t Panic! Simply responding will take of most IRS letters and notices.

2.Read the entire letter carefully. Most letters deal with a specific issue and provide specific instructions on what to do.

3.Compare it with the tax return. If a letter indicates a changed or corrected tax return, the taxpayer should review the information and compare it with the original return.

4.Only reply if necessary. If you do receive a notice please forward a copy to our office to determine if a response if required.

5.Respond Timely. Taxpayers should respond to a letter with which they do not agree.  They should mail a letter explaining why they disagree.  They should mail their response to the address listed at the bottom of the letter. The taxpayer should include information and documents for the IRS to consider.  The taxpayer should allow at least 30 days for a response.

When a specific date is listed in the letter, there are two main reasons taxpayers should respond to the date:

  • To minimize additional interest and penalty charges; and
  • To preserve appeal rights if the taxpayers does not agree.

Our office can respond to the IRS on your behalf as well.

  1. Don’t Call. For most letters, there is no need to call the IRS or make an appointment at a taxpayer assistance center.  If a call seems necessary, the taxpayer can use the phone number in the upper right-hand corner of the letter.  They should have a copy of the tax return and letter on hand when calling.  Once again, our office can handle these calls for the taxpayers.; and
  2. Keep the Letter. A taxpayer should keep copies of any IRS  letters or notices received with their tax records.  We also need a copy of any letters for our records as well.