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Notices from the IRS

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will send a notice or a letter for any number of reasons. It may be about a specific issue on your federal tax return or account, or may tell you about changes to your account, ask you for more information, or request a payment.

You can handle most of this correspondence without calling or visiting an IRS office if you follow the instructions in the document. If you still need help, start by searching for your notice below to get an overview of the notice, and visit our interactive taxpayer roadmap to see where in the tax system you are and what to expect next.

Updated 11/14/2023

The IRS has resumed sending collection notices in limited circumstances. The notices will resume for individual taxpayers with tax debts for tax periods ending Dec. 31, 2022 or later, for business taxpayers with tax debts for tax periods Aug. 31, 2023 or later, and tax debts connected to Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return for tax periods Sept. 30, 2023 or later. For helpful information about what to do if you have an outstanding tax balance, see the NTA blog, “Collection Part One – Do You Have an Outstanding Tax Due? Why Wait?”


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Where am I in the tax system?

View your notice or letter on the Taxpayer Roadmap to see where your tax issue(s) resides within the overall tax system.