IRS Notices, Letter (or Correspondence) Audit, Office (or Desk) Audit, Field Audit, Taxpayer Advocate, and State Notices.
For information on a specific IRS notice, go to our Notice Review - IRS Notice Listing FAQ. To contact TaxAct for assistance with your IRS or state notice, go to our Received an IRS or a State Notice FAQ.
After you file your return, the IRS reviews the accuracy of your computations and income. The IRS compares your return against the Forms W-2 and 1099 it receives from your employers and anyone else who has reported payments to you.
If a discrepancy or error is found, you’ll get a notice in the mail advising you of the corrections and any additional tax due. You may also be asked to substantiate tax credits or deductions by submitting additional information. You can voluntarily submit additional information or request an interview if you disagree with the IRS assessment.
You’ll be notified by mail if your return is chosen for a more thorough examination, which may occur a year or two after it’s submitted.
The examination can be conducted by mail or in person at your home, place of business, or your accountant’s office (field audit). You can request a change of time, location, or method of examination if the scheduled interview is inconvenient. You also have the right to make an audio recording of the interview, as long as you give written notice to the IRS agent at least 10 days ahead of time.
You can designate a third party to discuss your return with the IRS at the bottom of Form 1040. This person doesn’t need to be a tax professional and can be a friend or relative. The designee’s communication with the IRS may address processing issues such as mathematical errors, missing information, or refund and payment questions.
Sign a power of attorney on Form 2848 to have a designee discuss underreported income, IRS appeals, and collections notices.
Most notices will have the following information:
Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the webpage or document at the time it is accessed.