IRS Collection Notices – What it Means and How You Can Effectively Handle the Situation

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IRS collection notices, Tinley Park IRS tax attorneyReceiving a notice from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can be jarring and even a little frightening. Granted, not every letter from the IRS is a bad thing. Still, there is important information in each notice. Therefore, regardless of the reason you think the communication has been sent, it is important that you take the time to read it carefully, ensure you understand what it means, and know what action (if any) should be taken. Further, you should know how to effectively deal with communication from the IRS. The following information can help.

What Does My Letter from the IRS Mean?

The IRS does not send arbitrary letters. In fact, they do not take the time to send notices unless they have something rather important to communicate to you. Such communications might be used to:
  • Notify you of a delay in processing your return;
  • Let you know that you have a balance due;
  • Request that you verify your identity;
  • Request additional information from you;
  • Communicate a change that was made on your return;
  • Ask a specific question about your return; or
  • Notify you of a larger or smaller refund. 

Effectively Handling a Communication from the IRS 

First, it should be noted that fraudulent notices from the IRS do exist, so if you suspect that the letter is not from the IRS, you should contact them directly before moving forward. Some clues that you may have received a fraudulent letter might include:

  • Threats of police or law enforcement for failure to pay;
  • Demand payment without letting you question the validity or accuracy of your debt;
  • Require that you pay in a specific way; and
  • Verbiage that is aggressive or angry.

Again, if in doubt, always err on the side of caution. Contact the IRS directly and confirm the validity of your notice. Should you find that it is a valid communication, your next steps will depend largely on the nature of the letter. However, you should always read your notice carefully to ensure you fully understand what is being said. If it is a communication about an increase or decrease in your return, you may not be required to take any further action (again, read your letter to be certain). There will be certain requests and notices that do require you to take action. 

As an example, if the IRS is requesting information from you, you will typically have a designated time frame in which you should respond. Please ensure that you adhere to this time frame since failure to do so could result in additional complications, delays, or consequences. Further, if you owe a debt to the IRS, you may be asked to submit payment by a specific date. If you are unable to pay the full amount, then there may be other options available to you. If you are being audited, then ensure that you have experienced representation on your side.

Contact Our Experienced Tinley Park IRS Tax Lawyer 

If you are under audit or owe back taxes to the IRS, do not ignore the issue. That will only make things worse. Instead, contact the Law Offices of Eric G. Zelazny and get the seasoned representation you deserve. Dedicated to your best interests, we can work with you to find the most favorable solution for your circumstances. Call 708-888-2299 and schedule your free consultation with our Tinley Park IRS tax attorney today to learn more. 

Sources:

https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/irs-warns-taxpayers-to-guard-against-new-tricks-by-scam-artists

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/understanding-your-irs-notice-or-letter

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