If you receive a letter from the IRS, don’t panic. Millions of letters are sent to taxpayers every year for a myriad of reasons. If you receive a letter from the IRS, here’s some advice:Don’t panic. Read the letter carefully. There will usually be an action that is requested of you and a corresponding phone number for you to call. Follow the directions carefully.Be aware of dates and timeframes. The notice you receive will probably have a dated deadline by which to respond with the appropriate action. Be sure to take note of the dates and not miss any deadlines that may be stipulated by the IRS.
Know when to respond. Sometimes the IRS sends a notice or other communication that may not require a response. Again, read carefully, and if needed, respond according to the instructions on the letter. If a payment is required, reply with a payment or visit www.IRS.gov for information about payment options.
You may need to dispute. If you don’t agree with the IRS notice, write a letter explaining why you are disputing the matter and mail it to the address on the contact stub at the bottom of the notice.
* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.
Tip adapted from IRS.gov[i]