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What should I do when I get a letter from the IRS?

Yikes! We know how you felt when you saw the letter in your mailbox.

  • If the IRS is requesting information that you understand and can easily provide, go ahead and do so, promptly. For example, if the IRS wants proof of a charitable donation or child care expenses, go ahead and send in a copy of the receipts.
  • On the other hand, if the letter announces an audit or assesses backs taxes, penalties, and interest, consult with a qualified tax lawyer right away. You can find a list of tax attorneys here.

If you’re unsure whether the letter addresses an issue you should or shouldn’t handle on your own, go ahead and consult with a tax lawyer. If it’s something you can handle on your own, he or she will tell you so.

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