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What to Do When You Receive an IRS Notice or Letter

If you have received an IRS notice, do not ignore it, make sure you open it, and take immediate and correct action. Many times an IRS notice can mean a wage garnishment, bank levy, or other enforced collection action is about to be carried out.
The IRS mails millions of notices every year, and every notice if properly addressed can be resolved, and will instruct you how to. Every Notice has a Collections Process number on the left side of the notice’s tear-off stub, on the first page of the notice. Tax has put together a list of the most common notices and what they mean.


The IRS notice you will receive if you owe money to the IRS. This is the initial notice that is sent to you if any changes are made to your tax return which results in you owing taxes. When a taxpayer has changes made to their tax return and it affects their Earned Income Tax Credit, the IRS categorizes it as CP 11.
The IRS sent you a CP 12 IRS Notice because they corrected one or more mistakes on your tax returns which resulted in you having an overpayment in your taxes. The overpayment can be either different from what you thought your overpayment was, or an overpayment when you thought you owed or had broken even with your taxes.
You received a CP 14 IRS Notice because you underpaid on your taxes for a certain year. The IRS will most often send you this notice within 60 days of you filing a return, which will go over your reported taxes, deductions, credits, and ensuing tax liability.
The IRS sends taxpayers the notice after they have made changes to the tax return as requested by the taxpayer which resulted in additional taxes. The changes are made based on information provided by the taxpayer.
The IRS sends taxpayers a CP 22E IRS Notice after an audit which results in changes to the taxpayers tax returns. The notice is telling you that you owe money because of those changes.
The IRS sent you the CP 23 IRS Notice to inform you that there is a difference between the amount you paid in Estimated Tax Payments and the amount the IRS posted to your account. The IRS will let you know of any changes that were made, as well as the amount you because of the changes.
The IRS will send a CP 49 IRS Notice to taxpayers if they used a tax return towards paying of another tax debt.
The IRS sends the notice to taxpayers when they have failed to file a tax return from a previous year, so the IRS is withholding their return.
The IRS sends taxpayers a CP 161 IRS Notice when they have a tax balance due after the IRS has calculated your income, expenses and tax credits which you filed on your return.
The IRS sent you the notice to inform you that they are going to issue a levy against you for back taxes with your owe. The IRS can levy your wages, assets, bank accounts, commissions, real estate, or other assets to help satisfy a tax debt. The notice is also informing you that the IRS can file a federal tax lien against your credit and assets.
The IRS sends taxpayers a CP91/CP298 IRS Notice to inform them that they are going to levy their social security benefits to satisfy a previously acknowledged tax debt.
CP501 IRS Notice
An IRS notice to taxpayers informing them that of an outstanding balance due with the IRS on their tax account along with the payment options available.
CP503 IRS Notice
The IRs sends the CP 503 IRS Notice to inform taxpayers that they have not heard from them, and that the taxpayer still has an unpaid balance on their tax account.
CP504 IRS Notice
The IRS sends the CP 504 IRS Notice to taxpayers to inform them of an unpaid balance on their tax account, which if not paid right away will result in a levy of your state income tax refund. The state income tax refund will be applied to your back tax debt.
CP523 IRS Notice
The IRS sends taxpayers a CP 523 IRS Notice to inform them that they are going to terminate the installment agreement and levy their assets because the taxpayer defaulted on the payment plan.
CP2000 IRS Notice
The IRS sends a CP 2000 IRS Notice to let taxpayers know that they are going to makes changes on their tax returns. The IRS does this when the tax returns information does not match what their employees, banks, and other payers submitted.
LT11 OR Letter 1058 IRS Notice
The IRS sends a LT 11 otherwise known as Letter 1058 IRS Notice to taxpayers to let them know that they will be issuing a levy against their bank accounts, wages, or other assets because of a tax debt. The IR will also continue to search for other assets to levy, as well as file a federal tax lien if that has not been done already.

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