The letter to taxpayers by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on a change in tax amount dropped without warning. If you are one of the 11 million and the contents of the letter are unfamiliar to you, don’t worry. We are here to explain.
The tax advocacy office of the IRS which helps taxpayers settle disputes says that the number of letters sent out so far this year is about five times more than what was sent out in 2019.
What the letters say
These letters are called CP-11, CP-12, and CP-13, or Letter 6470, and are legal under federal law. They are math correction letters issued by the IRS after making quick corrections in the place of conducting detailed audits. That is why you’ve received the letter from the IRS on the tax change.
Many of these letters had to be sent again by the IRS to inform receivers about how they can make appeals against their tax corrections and what their legal rights are. Taxpayers are eligible to appeal these corrections but could be required to undergo a full audit in case they do.
Fixing past errors
While processing tax forms, the IRS may have committed errors in the math which it is seeking to fix now. But a lot of the errors seem to be connected with recovery rebate credit. Many people are seemingly doing something known as double dipping.
Double dipping refers to the practice of filing for credit even after getting the complete amount in your stimulus check. This practice is not allowed.
The IRS has acknowledged that the Covid-19 pandemic has reduced the speed at which tax matters are being processed and has asked taxpayers to be patient as they sort out these issues.
Congress had altered rules regarding the stimulus laws on the go since these laws were passed based on estimates. And this has led to the current set of issues due to the uncertain nature of the pandemic.
If you happen to get a letter regarding any change in your taxation amount, simply call the number given on the form. You will most likely be directed to an automated system that will file an appeal for you. The IRS phone number is 800-829-8374.
Be prepared to see a rise in the number of such letters next year as well. Since the new tax credits for children have begun only this year, experts expect taxpayers to make more errors while filling up their returns next year.
Meanwhile, if you’ve filed for a tax extension, now is the time to pay.
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