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I have just received a Final Notice of Levy or a Final Notice of Intent to Levy from IRS, what should I do next?

If you cannot pay the tax in full you better speak to someone who knows what they are talking about, otherwise the IRS will take advantage of your lack of knowledge. IRS will act within the 30 days prescribed in the letter.  You may need help responding to IRS notices.

The IRS will take enforcement action and send Notices of Federal Tax Liens and Federal Tax Levies to the respective sources. At this point, the process becomes much harder to resolve. The professionals at Fresh Start Tax can handle this for you.


I have just received an IRS Notice, what is my next step?

If you have just received an IRS Notice or Letter the first action you should take is to contact Fresh Start Tax. We can help confirm that your Notice or Letter is correct. You should always compare it to your federal tax return in question and make sure the document is correct. If it is correct, it is important to respond correctly to the IRS. If you fail to follow up it can lead to the IRS taking more aggressive action.


If the IRS Notice or Letter is incorrect, what should I do?

Immediately contact the IRS letting them know where the problem may be. There will always be a telephone number on the letter that matches the type of problem you have. These are dedicated telephone lines that the IRS uses to correspond with the problem you are having.


What are a list of common letters IRS sends out?

Listed below are the most common Notices that IRS sends out. Be very careful if these Notices come out certified. You must follow up on ALL certified mail.


  • CP11                     We Changed Your Return You have A Balance Due
  • CP14                     Request For Tax Payment
  • CP22A                   Data Processing Adjustment and the Balance is more than $5
  • CP49                     Overpayment Applies to Another Tax Period
  • CP90/CP297        Final Notice Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Right to a Hearing
  • CP297A                 Notice of Levy and Your Right to a Hearing
  • CP91/CP298        Final Notice Before Levy on Social security Benefit
  • CP501                   Reminder Notice, Balance Due IRS
  • CP503                   Second IRS Notice on Balance Due.
  • CP504                   Final Notice Balance Due.
  • CP521                   Installment Agreement Reminder Notice.
  • CP523                   Default of Installment Agreement.


Does the IRS give you a grace period to get back with them?

Each Letter or Notice from the IRS states what date IRS wants you to contact them. Should you require additional time, call the number on the Letter or Notice and request an extension of time.

In most cases IRS will grant the extension of time if reasonable.


What cautions are there when contacting the IRS?

Always make sure you get the ID or badge number and the name of the IRS agent working on your case. It is the only proof that you have that you spoke to the IRS. Be careful when answering questions asked by the IRS.

It is hard to defend the answers you give to the IRS. The caution in dealing with the IRS is that you must answer their questions. IRS questions are designed to help them collect the tax due. In most cases it is not advisable to speak directly to the IRS on your own behalf.


How should I respond to an IRS Notice or Letter and what should I expect ?

Depending on the issue, you can respond by either calling the number given or by responding to the address provided on the Letter or Notice.If you have documentation to send to the IRS a certified mail response may be best.

It is recommended that however you initially responded to the IRS you should follow up with a phone call within 30 days to make sure they have received your information. Make sure you keep copies of all correspondence.

Be patient the IRS can be very slow.


What letters and Notices does the IRS send certified?

As a general rule the IRS sends out only very important letters to you by certified mail. A Final Notice Before Seizure is one of those letters sent to you certified. Any Notices of Garnishment or Federal Tax Levy or Final Notice of Assessment are sent certified. Also Notices of Tax Deficiencies are sent to you in that fashion as well.


Should I contact the IRS by myself?

If it is a simple problem and you know the answer, call or write them. If it is a complicated issue you need a Tax Professional. If you are unsure, it is always better to consult a professional before contacting the IRS.


What happens if I receive an email from the IRS?

Do not respond. It is fraudulent, report it to the federal government. The IRS never emails and they are not allowed to send the public emails.

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