What You Need to Know if You Get a Letter in the Mail from the IRS

PostboxMillions of notices and letters are mailed to taxpayers by IRS each year for a variety of reasons. If you receive correspondence, DON’T PANIC! However, it is important to respond.  Most IRS notices are about federal tax returns or tax accounts. Each notice has specific instructions, so read your notice carefully because it will tell you what you need to do. 

Your notice will likely be about changes to your account, taxes you owe or a payment request. It may ask for more information about a specific issue. If your notice says that the IRS changed or corrected your tax return, review the information and compare it with your original return. If you have questions, call the phone number in the upper right-hand corner of the notice.

  • If you AGREE with the notice, you usually don’t need to reply unless it gives you other instructions or you need to make a payment.
  • If you DON’T AGREE with the notice, you need to respond. Write a letter that explains why you disagree, and include information and documents you want the IRS to consider. Mail your response with the contact stub at the bottom of the notice to the address on the contact stub. Allow at least 30 days for a response.

Always keep copies of any notices you receive with your tax records.

If you owe tax, you have several payment options. If you need to make a payment, use Direct Pay for free, or by debit or credit card through an approved payment processor for a fee. Get help with your letter or notice by calling us at (803)779-3169 extension 227. Be sure to have a copy of your tax return and the notice with you when you call.

Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. These are your Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Explore your rights and our obligations to protect them on IRS.gov.

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