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Understanding And Responding To IRS Letters And Notices

This tax relief site, written by an experienced defender, will give you better information and tips about how to respond to letters and notices. Each letter can be found on the IRS web site. Just Google the letter or form number and select the sites you want explanations from, including the link to the IRS web site. You can beat many of these letters on your own without attorney or Enrolled Agent (EA) assistance. You can become your own IRS fighter.

Sample Of IRS Letters & Notices

Please read my descriptions for each letter. Even if you didn’t get that letter, the descriptions contain a sample of IRS letters & notices useful information that these letters contain. It should help you understand the IRS letters better.

Great Tax Reduction Technique

What if you get a letter from the IRS charging you additional tax based on a math error or a clerical error? How would you like to avoid paying it? Here’s how… write back within 60 days and say you request an abatement under section 6213(b)(2). This may get it abated. It’s worth a try. No one likes being in IRS debt. Sometimes they reassess it, but they must issue a “notice of deficiency” giving you appeal rights. Include in the letter a statement that you disagree with the additional tax and the action you want taken, such as “I disagree with the additional tax assessment because I did everything correctly and I want you to remove the taxes.” Also state that if they don’t remove the taxes, you are requesting that they issue a notice of deficiency so you can file an appeal. The notice of deficiency will list the changes that they made. (Often you get a correction letter that doesn’t spell out why they made the changes in the first place.) Use this approach for letters involving a missing SS# (supply the number and copy of Social Security card, if you have it, in your letter). Send your letter to the address they request you respond to. Never be afraid to call or write for an explanation of the letter or the adjustments being made. You may just want to pay it.  If you are contesting it, you will have a better understanding of what you are contesting. If you do call for an explanation, do not give any information as to what and why you did anything! They will record it and it can be used to deny your request for abatement. These strategies can and will help with your IRS situations.

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cp 14 – we sent you this notice because you owe money on unpaid taxes.
cp 297a – notice of levy and notice of your right to a hearing.
cp 30 – penalty for not pre paying enough of your tax.
letter 2789c – taxpayer response to reminder of balance due.
cp 62 – we applied a payment to your account.
cp 75 – we need documentation to verify the Earned Income Credit (EIC) that you claimed.
form 433f – collection information statement.
unlawful irs wage levy – IRS never mailed noticed.
letter of compromise – to reduce my taxes.
cp 12 – we made changes to correct a miscalculation on your return.
b notices – Irs notice on backup withholding or 504B “bomb” collection notice of actual 10 day levy.
letter 2357c – abatement of penalties and interest.
cp 166 – we were unable to process your monthly payment because there were insufficient funds in your bank account.
lock letter – withholding lock in letter.
cp 292 – we’re revoking your qualified subchapter s trust (qsst) election.
cp 10a – changes to your return because we believe there’s a miscalculation involving earned income credit (eic).
cp 283c – penalty for filing a late or incomplete Form 8955-ssa, annual registration statement identifying seperated participants with deferred vested benefits.
cp 16 -changes we made affect your refund. We believe there was a miscalculation.
cp 518l – this is a final reminder notice that we still have no record that you filed your prior tax return(s).
cp 53 – we cant provide your refund through direct deposit, so we’re sending you a refund check by mail.
cp 503 – we have not heard from you and you still have an unpaid balance on one of your tax accounts.
letter 2604c – pre-assessed installment agreement.
form 433b – collection information statement for businesses.
form 656l – offer in compromise (doubt as to liability).
cp 22l – we made changes to your tax return for Individual Retirement Agreement (IRA) taxes.
form 656 offer in compromise – fresh start program.
cp 171 – you received this notice to mind you of the amount you owe in tax, penalty and interest.
cp 290 – we’re approving your electing small business trust (esbt) election.
cp 2531 – your tax return does not match the information we have on file.
cp 71 – you received this notice to remind you of the amount you owe in tax, penalty and interest.
cp 291 – we’re revoking your electing small business trust (esbt) election.
notification – of deductions not allowed.
cp 19 – you incorrectly claimed one or more deductions or credits.
form 8822 – change of address.
cp 501 – you have a balance due (money you owe the IRS) on one of your tax accounts.
letter 2801c – exempt status may not be allowed.
cp130 – you may no longer need to pay the Alternative Minimum Tax.
cp 721 – hicimos los cambios que usted solicito a su declaracion de impuestos para el ao.
cp 09 – you may be eligible for earned income credit (eic).
cp 32a – call us to request your refund check.
cp 712 – hemos realizado cambios para corregir un error de calculo en su planilla.
cp 143 – we accepted your explanation for filing your information return late.
729(do) letter – Addresses the delinquent returns. Do not file without checking the collection status.
cp 75d – we need documentation to verify the income and withholding you reported on your tax return.
cp 24 – we found a difference between the amount of estimated tax payments on your tax return and the amount we posted to your account.
cp 102 – we made changes to your return because we believe there’s a miscalculation.
cp 515l – this is a reminder notice that we still have no record that you filed your prior tax return or returns.
cp 2501 – you need to contact us. We’ve received information not reported on your tax return.
cp 27 – our records indicate you may be eligible for the Earned Income Credit (EIC).
intend to lien help – Notice of intent to lien letter.
cp 237 – we sent you a replacement refund check.
cp 21b – we made change(s) you requested to your tax return for the tax year specified.
cp 21c – we made change(s) you requested, not due a refund nor owe money. Account is zero.
cp 521 – this notice is to remind you that you have an installment agreement payment due.
cp 604b- usted tiene un saldo sin pagar en su cuenta. De no pagar esta cantidad immediatamente, el IRS embargara ciertas propiedades o derechos de propiedad.
cp 75a – need documentation to verify the Earned Income
irs love letters – the IRS is sending love letters.
letter 3228 – remainder notice.
cp 11a – we believe there’s a miscalculation involving Earned Income Credit.
cp 722 – hicimos los cambios que usted solicito a su declaracion de impuestos para el ao.
form 433d – installment agreement.
cp 51a – we computed the tax on your Form 1040, 1040a or 1040ez. You owe taxes.
cp 59 – we sent you this notice because we have no record that you filed your prior personal tax return or returns.
cp 10 – changes to your return because we believe there’s a miscalculation.
cp 71c – you received this notice to remind you of the amount you owe in tax, penalty and interest.
cp 03c – you received a tax credit first time homebuyer credit.
cp 07 – we received your tax return holding your refund.
cp 153 – we can’t provide you with your refund through a direct deposit.
cp 2000 – the income and/or payment information we have on filed doesn’t match the information you reported on your tax return.
cp 13 – we believe there’s a miscalculation. You’re not due a refund.
offer form 656 – How to fill out?
cp 295a – we charged you a penalty on your Form 5500.
letters to the irs – How do I write a letter to the IRS?
how to write a letter to the irs – writing IRS letters of appeals.
letter LP 59 – please contact us about the taxpayer levy.
information statement – for IRS collections.
letter 2840c – CC IAPND installment agreement confirmation.
letter 1615 – mail us your overdue tax returns.
cp 32 – we sent you a replacement refund check.
notice of federal tax – lien sent to my bank.
response to irs example letter – How to prepare?
cp 21e – you owe money on your taxes as a result of your recent audit.
cp 516 – this is a reminder notice that we still have no record that you filed your prior tax return or returns.
cp 13m – changes to your return involving the Making Work Pay credit Government Retiree Credit.
cp 771 – usted recibio este aviso para recordarle sobre la cantidad que adeuda en contribuciones, multas e intereses.
letter 2603c – installment agreement accepted – notice of federal tax lien will be filed.
form 4506t – request for transcripts.
cp 237a – call us to request your refund check.
intent to lien notice – write a letter to IRS to ger lien off.
cp 2566 – we didn’t receive your tax return. We have calculated your tax, penalty and interest based on wages and other income reported by employers.
cp 603 – no hemos recibido respuestas de parte de usted y todavia tiene un saldo sin pagar en una de sus cuentas contributivas.
cp 81 – we havent received your tax return for a specific tax year. The statue of limitations to claim a refund of your credit or payment for that tax year is about to expire.
by the irs- actions such as letter from or letter of changes or letter to refute adjustments.
irs final notice – of levy 30 days to appeal.
cp 601 – usted tiene un saldo pendiente de pago (dinero que le debe al IRS) en una de sus cuentas contributivas.
cp 714 – le enviamos este aviso porque usted adeuda contribuciones pendientes de pago.
mail from irs – Do I have to open or respond?
cp 57 – notice of insufficient funds.
help with audit letter – How to write a response letter to audit report?
letter 2257 c – balance due total to taxpayer.
cp 22a – you owe money on your taxes due to change(s) you requested.
audit letter – Letter from IRS that says you and I are being audited.
cp 773 – usted recibio este aviso para recordarle sobre la cantidad que adeuda en contribuciones, multas e intereses.
cp 13a – we found an error involving your Earned Income Credit. You’re not due a refund.
cp 20 – your refund is less than you expected.
cp 88 – we are holding your refund because you have not filed one or more tax returns and we believe you will owe tax.
how long does it take irs to respond – to a letter
notice without a certificate of assessment – excuse
cp 51b – we computed the tax on your Form 1040, 1040a or 1040ez. You owe taxes.
notice of deficiency – sent to wrong address.
sample irs protest letter – , sample letter to the IRS. Dispute letter sample.
cp 13r – changes to your return involving the recovery rebate credit.
notice of an audit – CP 2000 how to respond.
cp 178 – your tax return filing requirements may have changed. You may no longer owe excise tax.
cp 12r – we made changes to the computation of the rebate recovery credit on your return.
letter 1961c – installment agreement for direct debit 433G
cp 11m – changes to your return involving the making work pay and government retiree crdit.
cp 71d – you received this notice to remind you of the amount you owe in tax, penalty and interest.
cp 152 – we have received your return.
cp 188 – we are holding your refund until we determine you owe no other taxes.
cp 515b – you received this reminder notice because our records indicate you didn’t file a business tax return.
writing the irs – How to write an IRS letter?
cp 08 – you may qualify for additional child tax credit and some additional money.
cp 91/cp298 – final notice before levy on social security benefits.
form 656b- offer in compromise booklet.
cp 504 – the IRS will seize (levy) your state income tax refund and apply it to pay the amount you owe.
help resolve lock letter – How to respond to IRS lock letter?
letter 2318c – installment agreement: payroll deduction (F2159) incomplete
cp 45 – we were unable to apply your overpayment to your estimated tax as you requested.
letter 1962c – installment agreement reply to taxpayer.
cp284 – we approved your Form 1128, application to adopt, change or retain a tax year.
letter 2272c – installment agreement cannot be considered.
cp 259h – you did not file a required Form 990/990-ez return of organization exempt.
cp 12e – we made changes to correct a miscalculation on your return.
cp 120a – tax-exempt status has been revoked for failure to file a Form 990 series return for three consecutive years.
cp 261 – approval notice for Form 2553, election by a small business corporation.
cp 120 – you need to send us documentation of your tax-exempt status.
form 433(oic) – Income and expenses form for OIC.
form 433a (OIC) – collection information statement for wage earners and self-employed individuals.
letter 1058 – final notice prior to levy; your right to a hearing.
notice of deficiency not signed is invalid – to avoid over paying.
letter 3217c – installment agreement accepted: terms explained.
cp 01H- you received a cp01h notice because we were unable to process your tax return.
letter 2761c – request for combat zone service dates.
letter LP 47 – address information request.
form 2848 – Who can sign an IRS power of attorney?
cp 2030 – we are proposing changes in income, credits and deductions reported on your U.S. corporation income tax return.
form 656a – income certification for offer in compromise application fee (for individual taxpayer only)
cp 255 – we need information to complete the termination of your private foundation status.
cp 774 – usted recibio este aviso para recordarle sobre la cantidad que adeuda en contribuciones, multas e intereses.
form 433a – Collection information statement for wage earners and self-employed individuals.
cp 259a – our records indicate you did not file a required Form 990/990-ez. Return of organization exempt from income tax.
form 1099c – cancellation of debt.
audit certified mail – A correspondence audit where IRS wants you to mail your documents in to them.
form 23c is not valid – as a way to avoid over paying taxes.
cp 231 – you refund or credit payment was returned to us and we need you to update your current address.
form 1099 misc – misc. income.
cp 04 – you and your spouse served in a combat zone.
cp 2005 – we accepted the information you sent us. We’re not going to change your tax return. We’ve closed our review of it.
cp 759 – le enviamos este aviso porque no tenemos registro que indique que usted radico su planilla o planillas de contribuciones personales.
cp 05a – we are examining your return we need documentation.
cp 90c – we lieved you for unpaid taxes. You have the right to a Collection Due Process hearing.
cp 3219a – we received information that is different from what you reported, notice explains how the amount was calculated and how you can challenge it in U.S. tax court.
irs certified letter – sample, how to write, why did I receive.
cp 90/ cp297 – final notice – notice of intent to levy and notice of your right to a hearing.
cp 268 – we believe there is a miscalculation on your return.
cp 21l – you owe money on your taxes as a result of IRA changes.
cp 02h – you owe a balance due as a result of amending your tax return.
cp 623 – este aviso es para informale nuestra intencion de cancelar su plan de pagos a plazos y confiscar (embargar) sus bienes.
letter 0757c – installment privilege terminated.
letter 2271c – installment agreement for direct debit revisions.
letter 1731 – please help us locate a taxpayer.
cp 23 – we made changes to your return because we found a difference between the amount of estimated tax payments.
cp 254 – the paper return doesn’t satisfy your filing obligation.
letter 3030c – balance due explained: tax/interest not paid.
cp 282 – you indicated on your Form 1065 U.S. return of Partnership income, or Form 1065-B, U.S. return of income for electing large partnerships that you have foreign partners.
cp 21a – we made the change(s) you requested to your tax return.
cp 276b – we didn’t receive the correct amount of tax deposits.
letter 3127c – revision to installment agreement.
notice of underreported income – Can I go to jail or lose my house?
cp 12m – we made changes to the computation of making work pay and/or government retiree credit.
cp 288 – we accepted your election to be treated as a qualified subchapter s trust (qsst).
cp 504B – the IRS will seize (levy) certain property or rights to property and apply it to pay the amount you owe.
cp 518b – this is a final reminder notice that our records still indicate you haven’t filed a business tax return.
cp 112 – there’s a miscalculation you are due a refund.
cp 295 – we charged you a penalty on your Form 5500.
cp 2057 – you need to file an amended return. We’ve received information not reported on your tax return.
letter 2273c – installment agreement accepted: terms explained.
initial contact letter – from IRS or audit contact letter.
cp 259 – our records indicate you didn’t file the required business tax return.
cp 22e – as a result of your recent audit, we made changes to your tax return.
cp 772 – usted recibio este aviso para recordarle sobre la cantidad que adeuda en contribuciones, multas e intereses.
irs letter of deficiency – notice of deficiency rules.
cp 259d – you did not file a required Form 990-T, exempt organization business income tax return.
letter 4903 – we have no record of receiving your tax returns.
cp 71a – you received this notice to remind you of the amount you owe in tax, penalty and interest.
cp 187 – you received this notice to mind you of the amount you owe in tax, penalty and interest.
cp 30a – we reduced or removed the penalty for underpayment of estimated tax reported on your tax return.
audit certified letter – Mailed by IRS U.S. certified to prove mailing.
725(do) letter – Sets up appointment with IRS. Make sure you have a CPA present.
cp 163 – you received this notice to mind you of the amount you owe in tax, penalty and interest.
letter to appeal – or mediate audit report adjustments.
cp 180 / cp 181 – we sent you this notice because your tax return is missing a schedule or form.
letter 0681c – proposal to pay accepted.
cp 276a – we didnt receive a correctly completed tax liability schedule.
dispute irs letter – How to write a letter to dispute taxes?
cp 160 – you received this notice to mind you of the amount you owe in tax, penalty and interest.
irs seizure notice – can the IRS seize my house?
cp 2006 – we received your information. We’ll look at it and let you know what we’re going to do.
cp 259b – you didn’t file a required Form 990-PF, return of private foundation.
letters from the irs – How to respond to IRS letters?
cp 711 – nosotros realizamos cambios a su planilla debido a que entendemos que hubo un calculo erroneo. Como resultado de estos cambios, usted adeuda dinero por sus contribiciones.
cp 42 – the amount of your refund has changed because we used it to pay your spouse’s past due tax debt.
cp 14l – you didn’t take out minimum amount you had to from your traditional individual retirement account (IRA). Or, you put into a tax sheltered account more than you can legally.
certified letter audit- IRS tax audit by mail as correspondence audit.
writing a statement to irs – missing statements.
cp 3219b – the statutory notice of deficiency intent to assess a tax deficiency and informs you of your right to petition.
cp 31 – your refund check was returned to us, so you need to update your address.
letter 0549c – balance due on account is paid.
cp 25 – we found a difference between the amount of estimated tax payments on your tax return and the amount we posted to your account.
form 8668 – automatic extension to file 1040.
cp 80 – we credited payments and/or other credits to your tax account for the tax period shown on your notice.
cp 2000 – notice of proposed adjustment for underpayment/overpayment.
cp 51c – we computed the tax on your Form 1040, 1040a or 1040ez. You owe taxes.
notice of levee – on paycheck.
certified letter-How to write a certified letter to IRS, or what do do if you get a certified letter from the IRS.
cp 523 – to terminate your installment agreement and seize (levy) your assets. You have defaulted on your agreement.
form 1099k – merchant 3rd party network payments.
letter 2800c – incorrect Form W-4, employee’s withholding allowance certificate.
cp 12a – we made changes to correct the earned income credit (eic) claimed on your return.
cp 05 – we’re reviewing your tax return.
letter 2050 – please call us about your overdue taxes or tax return.
cp 621 – este aviso es para notificarle que usted tiene un plan de pago a plazos vencido.
cp 142 – we sent you this notice because you filed your information returns late.
form ss-8 – Independent contractor, self employed or employee worker status determination.
cp 49 -we sent you this notice to tell you we used all or part of your refund to pay a tax debt.
cp 161 – you received this notice to mind you of the amount you owe in tax, penalty and interest.
letter 1737 – please complete and site Form 433F, collection information statement.
cp 259f – you did not file a required Form 5227, split interest trust information return.
corresponding with the irs – sample letter to write.
cp 3219n – we didnt receive your tax return. We have calculated your tax, penalty and interest based on wages and income.
cp 39 – we used a refund from your spouse or former spouse.
cp 749 – le enviamos este aviso para informale que hemos utilizado todo o parte de su reintegro para pagar un deuda contributiva.
cp 2566r – we are holding your refund until we receive one or more unfiled tax returns.
cp 24e – we found a difference between the amount of estimated tax payments on your tax return and the amount we posted to your account.
irs letter of consideration – Allow me my tax deductions.
intent to levy notice – response letter.
cp 959 – usted no radico su planilla de contribucion de negocios identificada en este aviso.
cp 60 – we removed a payment erroneously applied to your account.
cp 161 – request for payment or notice of unpaid balance, balance due.
cp 713- hemos realizado cambios para corregir un error de calculo en su planilla. No se le debe un reembolso y no adeuda una cantidad de dinero.
what to do if you receive an audit letter from the IRS – How do I write an IRS letter?
cp 75c – you were banned from claiming the Earned Income Credit (EIC) in a prior tax year due to your intentional disregard of the rules.
cp 53a – tried to direct deposit your refund, but the financial institution couldn’t process it.
cp 63 – we are holding your refund you have not filed one or more tax returns and we believe you will owe tax.
cp 11 – changes to your return we believe there’s a miscalculation.
cp 297c – we levied you for unpaid taxes. You have the right to a collection due process hearing.,
fbar filing – to elect on Sch B interest or signature authority.
cp 299 – your organization may be required to file an annual electronic notice (e-postcard), Form 990-N.
notification of possible income underreporting – very serious matter.
letter 668D (LP68) – we released the taxpayers levy.
writing a letter to the irs – what form to use?
letter 0484c – collection information statement requested (Form 433F/433D) inability to pay/transfer.
cp 604 – usted tiene un saldo sin pagar en su cuenta. De no pagar esta cantidad immediatamente, el IRS embargara cualquier reembolso de impuestos .