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Published: September 24, 2020   |   Last Updated: July 18, 2022

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You received a notice or letter from the IRS and choose to respond to the notice or letter and/or lien or levy by paying your tax balance in full.

This notice or letter may include additional topics that have not yet been covered here. Please check back frequently for updates.

What does this mean to me?

You have full paid your account balance or you plan to full pay your account balance. By full paying your tax balance, you will avoid paying additional penalties and interest, you no longer have to be concerned with the possibility of the IRS taking collection action, such as levy. In addition, if the IRS has filed a Notice of Federal Tax Lien, the lien will be released.

How did I get here?

You have a balance on your tax account, so the IRS sent you a notice or letter letting you know how much you owe, when it’s due, and how to pay.  You have full paid your balance or you plan to full pay your balance to resolve your account.

What are my next steps?


If you have full paid your balance

If you have full paid your balance, no further action is needed. You can confirm that your account is full paid you can order a transcript or access your online account.


If you would like to full pay your account

If you would like to full pay your account, you can visit here to view a variety of options available to you for payment.


If you can’t pay the full amount by that date

If you can’t pay the full amount by that date, you will need to figure out what payment options might work for your situation, and contact the IRS to set up a payment plan or discuss other ways to address your balance.


If you disagree with the notice

If you disagree with the notice you received, see Taxpayer Disagrees with Assessment for more information.

If you believe you have overpaid your taxes, you can file a refund claim by completing Form 843 and asking for the money back; however, there are specific time frames in which you must file your claim. For more information, see Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund.

Where can I get additional help?

Understanding your notice or letter

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If you still need help

The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS that helps taxpayers and protects taxpayers’ rights. We can offer you help if your tax problem is causing a financial difficulty, you’ve tried and been unable to resolve your issue with the IRS, or you believe an IRS system, process, or procedure just isn’t working as it should. If you qualify for our assistance, which is always free, we will do everything possible to help you.

Visit www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov or call 1-877-777-4778.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) are independent from the IRS and TAS. LITCs represent individuals whose income is below a certain level and who need to resolve tax problems with the IRS. LITCs can represent taxpayers in audits, appeals, and tax collection disputes before the IRS and in court. In addition, LITCs can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Services are offered for free or a small fee. For more information or to find an LITC near you, see the LITC page on the TAS website or Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List.