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
- IRS, August 16, 2021