Have you received a notice from the IRS? RELAX
It is always stressful to receive a notice from the IRS. Whatever you do, don't put it in a folder, file, or drawer for future consideration. Definitely, do not put it into the trash. Big mistake. Take the time to open the envelope and read what it says. Often, it is advising you about a refund you have. Sometimes, it is asking for more information needed to process your tax return. Relax, read the notice carefully and determine whether or not a response is required. Many tax problems are created because we fail to open the letter and hope the IRS will forget about us. The letter or notice from the IRS will explain the reason for the correspondence and provide instructions. Many of these letters and notices can be dealt with simply, without having to call or visit an IRS office.
The notice you receive covers a very specific issue about your account or tax return. Generally, the IRS will send a notice if it believes you owe additional tax, are due a larger refund, if there is a question about your tax return or a need for additional information.
The IRS has made the notice or letter easy to read, clear and effective. It s written in plain language and explains the purpose of the correspondence.
Follow the instructions on the notice or letter carefully. If you just cannot figure it out, call the contact telephone number on the notice or letter. It is generally found at the upper right hand corner. Sometimes telephone and fax numbers can be found in the body of the notice or letter. If you cannot find a telephone number to call, then contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.
The IRS will not forget about you. Respond back to the IRS in a timely manner. If you need assistance from a tax professional, contact Colleen E. Harrison, Enrolled Agent and former IRS Revenue Agent. I am here to help you. You can reach me at (480) 292-7604.