The IRS will never contact you via email or social media to ask for personal or financial information. If you receive such correspondence, you can send it to IRS’s phishing page or you can call the IRS hotline. However, the IRS does send millions of official notices or letters every year. You can enter the notice or letter number into the IRS search box to get an example of the official letter if you are still uncertain about the validity of correspondence. The IRS may contact you for any number of legitimate reasons such as:
You have a balance due
You are due a larger or smaller refund
The IRS has a question about your tax return
The IRS needs to verify your identity (remember that the IRS is one of the biggest single target for identity thieves in the country)
They require additional information
They changed your return
Or they need to notify you of a delay in processing your return.
Obviously, the first thing you should do with the IRS letter or notice is read the correspondence carefully. Many times the IRS will not require a response. If they do need a response, they may need more information, or the IRS has determined you owe additional taxes. Whatever the reason, you or your tax attorney need to respond within the required time frame. If the IRS does not receive a response, they may assess penalties and interest rates. There may also be a limited window in which to context the IRS findings. It is vital that you or your tax attorney contact the IRS within the time allotted. Even if you do not have the money to pay the bill in full you or your attorney, can negotiate a payment plan, or pursue other potential options. You need to pay in full, apply for an online payment agreement, or an offer in compromise as quickly as possible.
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