The first thing to do is to check the return address to be sure it’s from the Internal Revenue Service and not another agency.
Is it from the IRS?
If it’s from the IRS, the notice will have instructions on how to respond. If you want more details about your tax account, you can order a transcript Also, review your notice or letter to see if there is a specific website link to visit for additional information. This is usually located at the end of the notice or letter.
Your Tax Calculations:
Compare the payments on the notice to your records
- Verify the IRS listed all your estimated tax payments;
- Check the payments the IRS applied (if any) from the prior year.
The most common cause is an incorrect entry on the estimated tax line of the tax return.
If you disagree
Contact the us within 60 days from the date of your notice:
- By telephone – call the IRS at the toll-free number shown on your notice. Some cases require additional information that you may provide verbally.
- By mail – include a copy of the notice along with your correspondence or documentation and allow 30-60 or more days for a resolution.
Pay your balance
If you agree with the changes made to your return and can pay the amount in full upon receipt of the notice, you can mail your payment or pay electronically at Make a Payment on IRS.gov. You can also sign up to view your account information securely online. Once your federal tax debt is paid in full, then your tax account will be returned to the IRS and closed.
If you can’t pay the full amount, you need to decide which payment options might work for your situation and contact the IRS to set up a payment plan or discuss other alternatives.
Being proactive in addressing the tax debt may prevent additional penalty and interest charges. For specifics, see I Got a Notice From the IRS.