Deciphering IRS Notices: Understanding CP11, CP14, CP54B & More

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Understanding your IRS notice or letter

NOTICE CP11, NOTICE CP14, CP54B, LTR , CP 565,CP566, CP567

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When we receive a letter or notice from the Internal Revenue Service[ IRS], the letter content may come up with bad news more taxes to pay with additional penalties or interest added or good news of refund. The IRS notice or letter will explain the reason for the contact and give you instructions on how to handle the issue.

If you agree with the information, there is no need to contact the IRS.

When you receive the letter and you believe the notice or letter looks suspicious, contact your CPA or call IRS at +1 800-829-1040.

The IRS sends notices and letters for the following reasons:

  • Taxpayers have a balance due.
  • Taxpayers are due a larger or smaller refund.
  • IRS needs further clarification or have a question about filed tax return.
  • IRS may want to verify your identity with confirmation of ITIN number or SSN before release of refund.
  • IRS need additional information for the proof of Federal tax return withholding Form 8288A, Form 1042S, Form W2, Form 1099 or Cheque proof of remittance to IRS,
  • IRS changed your return by disapproving ITIN which is expired or needs renewal or personal exemptions disallowed or tax exemptions credits withdrawn.
  • IRS also notifies taxpayers of delays in processing their returns with additional time of 2 months to 6 months on extremely complicated tax returns.

Next steps when taxpayers receive a Notice.

Do Not Ignore the IRS Notice

Each notice or letter contains a lot of valuable information, so it’s very important that the taxpayers read it carefully. If the IRS changed your tax return, compare the information we provided in the notice or letter with the information in your original return. 

Respond to the IRS Notice 

If taxpayer notice or letter requires a response by a specific date, there are two main reasons taxpayers must comply:

  • to minimize additional interest and penalty charges.
  • to preserve taxpayers’ appeal rights if you don’t agree.

Taxpayers should reply as indicated on your letter or notice which could include mail, FAX, or digitally through the IRS’ Documentation Upload Tool, when available, by using the unique access code provided in your letter or notice.

Pay the amount to the IRS.

Pay as much as you can, even if you can’t pay the full amount taxpayers owe to the IRS. Taxpayers can pay online or apply for an Online Payment Agreement or Offer in Compromise. Visit our payments page for more information.

Keep/Retain a copy of your notice or letter and proof of mailing to the IRS safely.

It’s important to keep a copy of all notices or letters with your tax records. You may need these documents later.

Contact IRS

IRS letter provides the contact phone number on the top right-hand corner of the notice or letter. Typically, taxpayers only need to contact us if they don’t agree with the information if the IRS requested additional information, or if they have a balance due. Taxpayers can also write to us at the address in the notice or letter. If taxpayers write, allow at least 30-60 days for the IRS team to respond.

The location of the notice or letter number

You can find the notice (CP) or letter (LTR) number in either the top or the bottom right-hand corner of your correspondence.

For blogs related to IRS CP Notice, click below.

CP54B Notice

ITIN Related Notice CP566, CP565, CP567

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