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IRS Tax Letters Explained

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If you received an IRS “Notice” instead of a “Letter”, i.e. CP 2000, see a list of Notice explanations here

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Letter 668D/LP68: This notifies you the IRS has released the Notice of Levy for the taxpayer listed on the letter. You are no longer required to turn over any money, property, or rights to property belonging to that taxpayer.

Letter 681C: Based on the information you provided to the IRS, they have accepted your request to pay as confirmed on the letter, but this does not constitute a formal Installment Agreement. Pay as much as you can pay, when you are able.

Letter 757C: This letter informs you that you failed to meet the terms of your Installment Agreement by making the payments by the due date.

LT11/Letter 1058: This letter is a notice explaining the IRS intends to issue a levy against your bank accounts, wages, or other assets because you still have a balance due. It is informing you that they will begin searching for other assets on which to issue a levy also, and may file a Federal Tax Lien if they have not already done so. You must pay the amount shown on the notice, or call the number provided to set up a payment plan.

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LT18/Letter 1615: This notice informs you the IRS has no record of receiving federal income tax returns for the years indicated on the letter. File the returns or contact the IRS to discuss the matter.

LP 64/Letter 1731: The IRS is attempting to locate a taxpayer and is requesting your assistance. Please provide the IRS with the information you have on the taxpayer’s address, home and work telephone numbers, and the name and address of any employers or others who may know how to locate the taxpayer.

LT27/Letter1737: The IRS is notifying you they received your request for a payment plan and need you to complete financial information to determine whether you qualify for an installment agreement. Complete Form 433F that was included with the letter, either by mail or by calling the number listed on the notice.

Letter 1961C: This letter is in response to an oral or written request for a Direct Debit Installment Agreement, and explains why your request for a Direct Debit could not be granted and outlines the steps needed to qualify for Direct Debit. You must complete Form 433 and return it to the IRS with your bank account and routing numbers.

Letter 1962C: This letter confirms your written request of Direct Debit Installment Agreement has been approved and explains the fees the IRS charges for establishing your agreement. This notice will also explain what to do if you qualify for a Low Income Fee Reduction. Be sure the amount of your payment is available in your checking account before the due date in the letter.

LT16/Letter 2050: This notice informs you that enforcement action may be taken to collect taxes you owe because you have not responded to previous notices sent to you.

Letter 2257C: This letter is a response to your oral or written request for a pay-off amount for any balance due you have to the IRS. Please pay the amount indicated by the date included in the letter.

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Letter 2271C: This letter is a confirmation of your financial request for an Installment Agreement, and explains the fees associated. Read this notice carefully as it may explain what to do if you qualify for a Low Income Fee Reduction or may request missing information based on the financial information you previously provided.

Letter 2272C: This letter is a response to your written or oral request to pay your balance due in installments, and explains why the IRS cannot establish the agreement. Please provide the IRS with the requested information or provide an explanation of why you are unable to do so.

Letter 2273C: The IRS has accepted your oral or written request to pay what you owe the IRS in installments. This letter contains a specific dollar amount for you to pay each month, along with the payment’s due date. It also provides the address that you should mail your payment to. If you qualify, you can apply for the Low Income Fee Reduction. Information on this fee reduction is found on your notice.

Letter 2318C: This letter is a result of your oral or written request to pay your tax liability through Payroll Deductions, and explains the necessary fees charged for paying this debt monthly. Please provide the IRS with your employer’s signature which agrees to deducting an amount from your pay check and sending that amount to the IRS.

Letter 2357C: This letter informs you that the IRS failed to send you the balance due notices they should have provided. Please pay the balance due as soon as possible.

Letter 2603C: This letter notifies you the IRS has accepted your Installment Agreement and they will file a Federal Tax Lien on your personal property. Make your monthly installment agreement payments, and contact the IRS at the toll-free number listed on your notice if you have any questions.

Letter 2604C: The IRS has accepted your oral or written request to pay what you owe the IRS in installments, and provides you with the specific dollar amount due as well as the due date. If you qualify, you can apply for the Low Income Fee Reduction. Information on this fee reduction is found on your notice.

Letter 2761C: This letter is requesting your combat zone service dates to ensure they provide you with the special provisions and protection under the combat zone deferment. It may ask for various supporting documents from your superior to support your claims.

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Letter 2789C: This letter is a response to your written or oral request for information on the annual reminder notice informing you of your balance due. It also explains that penalties and interest continues to accrue until the balance is paid. Please pay your balance sooner rather than later to avoid unnecessary interest and penalties.

Letter 2800C: This letter was sent by the IRS because they believe your employee may have filed an incorrect Form W-4. Begin withholding income tax from this employee’s wages based on the current rates.

Letter 2801C: The IRS has determined that you are not entitled to claiming exempt status more than a specified number of withholding allowances. Generally, it is your employer who bases the amount of withholding for federal income, but the IRS can review whether you are entitled to claim exempt status.

Letter 2840C: This letter confirms your Installment Agreement you requested when filing a balance due return, and confirms the payment date and amount. Please make your monthly payments by the date listed to avoid any interest or penalties.

Letter 3030C: This letter provides you an explanation of the tax, penalty, and interest still due on your account. Please pay the amount in full as soon as possible, but by the date listed on your notice at the latest.

Letter 3127C: This letter confirms changes made to your Installment Agreement you requested, and all changes are explained in the letter. Follow the instructions provided and make the payments by the date provided on your notice.

Letter 3217C: The IRS has accepted your oral or written request to pay what you owe in installments. This letter contains a specific dollar amount for you to pay each month, along with the payment’s due date. It also provides the address that you should mail your payment to. If you qualify, you can apply for the Low Income Fee Reduction. Information on this fee reduction is found on your notice.

LT39/Letter 3228: This is a reminder notice that you owe overdue tax to the IRS. If you are already working with the IRS to resolve this issue, you do not need to take any further action. If not, please contact the IRS to pay your balance in full or arrange an installment agreement.

Letter 4883C: The IRS needs more information in order to process your tax return properly. Please call the number on the letter for assistance.

Letter 5071C: The IRS needs more information in order to process your tax return properly. Please call the number on the letter for assistance or use the secure IRS website.

Letter 5747C: The IRS needs more information to verify your identity in order to process your tax return accurately. Call the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center toll-free line at 844-545-5640 within 30 days from the date of the letter to schedule an appointment to visit your local TAC. You must bring the information and identity documents listed on your letter to your appointment. If you did not file a tax return, call the toll-free IRS Identity Verification telephone number at 800-830-5084 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., local time, to tell the IRS you did not file a tax return.

LP47: The IRS is attempting to locate the person identified in the letter. Please provide the address for this person at your earliest convenience.

LP59: The IRS had previously sent a notice of levy to collect money from the taxpayer in the letter, but have received no response. If you have already responded, complete the information and mail it to the IRS because you are legally responsible for responding to the levy and must send the amount owed as soon as possible.

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