Another Letter from the IRS? Here’s What You Should Do

Another Letter from the IRS? Here’s What You Should Do

Not every letter the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sends is necessarily bad news, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it or delay your response. Even if the IRS is just asking for more information, you should respond promptly to avoid further delays and confusion. Don’t assume that the information they are requesting isn’t urgent – the more you avoid answering them, the more likely they are to keep sending letters or implementing fees.

Pay attention to the details of the letter to make sure they are not asking for incorrect data or paperwork you think they already have. This is why we encourage you to make and keep copies of letters you receive along with your response and additional information you provided so there is a strong record of your communication.

We also recommend reviewing the notice for misspelled name/s or an incorrect Social Security number, and compare any noted corrections or changes in your return with your original submission. They may be simple mistakes or modifications but they could cause errors on your original return.

The IRS mainly communicates via traditional mail, so if you receive calls, texts or emails those are likely coming from scammers and should not be answered. If you feel your personal or financial information or payments are in jeopardy contact an official sooner rather than later.

While these are basic approaches you can take on yourself, there may be instances that require professional help. Contact a tax expert if you are being audited or have a serious issue with the IRS’ request. Your tax preparer will be able to help as they will be up to date on the latest changes implemented by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act and other updates to tax laws.

The worst thing you can do is avoid the letters completely, but if you ever need help, Tax Defense Partners can review your situation and provide expert care for your case. We provide debt resolution services and tax relief for countless taxpayers across the nation.