What taxpayers should do if they receive mail from the IRS

IRS sends notices and letters when it needs to ask a question about a taxpayer’s federal tax return, let them know about a change to their account, or request a payment. Don’t panic if something comes in the mail from the IRS – we’re here to help.

If you receive mail from the IRS, you should:

Read the letter carefully. Most IRS letters and notices are about federal tax returns or tax accounts. Each notice deals with a specific issue and includes any steps the taxpayer needs to take. A notice may reference changes to a taxpayer’s account, taxes owed, a payment request, or a specific issue on a tax return. Taking prompt action could minimize additional interest and penalty charges.

If our office prepared your tax return for the year in question or if you are a current client, you should contact our office immediately to confirm the legitimacy of the letter and what the next step should be. Too often we receive Notices that are the second or third correspondence on the matter which complicates the ability to abate or contest a proposed adjustment especially if key dates have lapsed.

We will review the information from the IRS and compare it to your tax return filed and let you know if we agree or disagree with the proposed adjustment. We will then discuss options with you about any requested action, including making a payment. The IRS and authorized private debt collection agencies do send letters by mail.

Lastly, please note that you will not receive a Collection letter without first having received a Notice of Proposed adjustment or an Inquiry for Additional information request. However, if these initial notices are not responded to or responded to timely, a collection letter will follow and certain remedies will not be available.
Watch for scams

The IRS will never contact a taxpayer using social media or text message. The first contact from the IRS will come via the mail. Taxpayers who are unsure whether they owe money to the IRS can view their tax account information on IRS.gov, or if you’re a Lake Stevens Tax Service client reach out to our office directly.

Get Expert Tax Advice

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to tax planning, tax compliance and tax controversy. That’s why it often makes sense to talk to a tax professional when dealing with the IRS.

Feel free to contact us at (425) 334-8138 with any questions or if you have received a Notice.  Our office has saved our clients thousands of dollars and valuable time by representing them in front of  IRS agents and other State taxing authorities.