Tax Tips: What to do if You Get Mail From the IRS

The IRS sends letters and notices for many different reasons. Some letters need a response or action item, while some are just notices to keep you informed.

Here’s what to do if you receive mail from the IRS:

  • Don’t throw it away.
  • Don’t panic.
  • Don’t reply unless directed to do so.
  • If a response is needed, respond in a timely manner.
  • Review the information to make sure it’s correct.
  • Respond to a disputed notice. If you need to call the IRS, use the phone number printed in the upper right-hand corner of the notice.
  • Avoid scams through email, social media, or text messages.

* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific, individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.

Tip adapted from IRS.gov6

Footnotes and Sources

  1. IRS, August 16, 2021