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Recieving an IRS Notice

If you receive a letter from the IRS about your business tax return, don’t panic! Many of these letters can be dealt with simply and painlessly by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-4933. In general, letters or notices from the IRS will include instructions for responding.

Each year, the IRS sends millions of letters and notices to taxpayers and businesses to request payment of taxes, notify taxpayers and businesses of a change to their account or request additional information. IRS notices usually cover a specific issue about your account or business tax return. You should review the correspondence and compare it with the information on your return.

  • Agree? If you agree with the correction to your account, no reply is necessary unless a payment is due.
  • Disagree? If you disagree with a change the IRS made to your account, it is important that you respond as requested and, if applicable, explain why you disagree in a written response. Include any documents and information you wish the IRS to consider, along with the bottom tear-off portion of the notice. Mail the information to the IRS address shown in the upper left-hand corner of the notice. Allow at least 30 days for the IRS
    to respond.
  • Questions? Most correspondence can be handled without calling or visiting an IRS office if you follow the instructions in the letter or notice. However, if you have questions, call the telephone number in the upper right-hand corner of the notice. Have a copy of your tax return and the correspondence available when you call so your account can be
    readily accessed.

Sometimes the IRS sends a second letter or notice requesting additional information or providing additional information to you. Be sure to keep copies of any correspondence with the IRS in your business records.
 

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