Understanding IRS Communication: What You Need to Know

When the IRS needs to contact a taxpayer, it’s usually done via mail. It’s crucial to understand how to navigate and respond to these communications effectively.

  • Forms of Communication: The IRS primarily uses postal mail for official communication. Rarely, they might call or visit a home or business in special circumstances, such as when a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill.
  • Letter Numbers and Deadlines: IRS notices and letters are typically labeled with a notice number (CP or LTR) in the upper right-hand corner. Each notice or letter contains specific instructions and deadlines for the required action.
  • Fraud and Scams: Be aware of fraudulent communications. The IRS will never initiate contact via email, text messages, or social media to request personal or financial information. Understanding the legitimate ways the IRS communicates helps in avoiding scams.
  • Avoiding Scams: If you’re unsure whether a communication is legitimate, visit the IRS website or contact them directly. Do not give out personal information unless you’re sure of the request’s legitimacy.
  • Importance of Timely Response: Ignoring IRS communications can lead to more significant issues, including penalties. It’s crucial to respond promptly and seek professional advice if needed.
  • Kick Tax Pro Can Help: If you receive communication from the IRS and are unsure how to proceed, Kick Tax Pro can help. We offer expertise in understanding IRS notices and can guide you through the appropriate response to avoid complications.

Stay informed and vigilant to ensure that your interactions with the IRS are accurate, timely, and secure.