What is an IRS of Deficiency?
When the IRS notices financial inconsistencies between the tax return you filed and the documents submitted by your employer/financial institutions that indicate you owe more income taxes than what you stated on your original tax return, the IRS will send you a Notice of Deficiency or also known as Notice CP3219A.
While it is possible that either you or your employer/financial institution made a simple mistake, you need to confirm with the IRS that your tax return is incorrect or prove to the IRS that your original return is correct through petitioning the Tax Court. To best understand where the mistake was made, check with your employer or financial institution to see what information they may have sent the IRS.
If you Agree with the IRS’s Proposed Changes
In case your employer/financial institutions’s document sent to the IRS was correct, you may have greater tax liability. To accept the changes, first you need to sign Form 5564 Notice of Deficiency Waiver and second, if you have a greater tax liability (thus an increased amount owed), you need to amend your tax return and report your additional income, credits, or expenses with Form 1040-X.
If You Disagree with the IRS’s Proposed Changes
If you disagree with the proposed tax changes you need to petition the IRS by sending them a written response explaining why your tax return was correct. At this time, you also need to contact your employer or financial institution and ask them to correct their documents. This all needs to be completed before the IRS’s given deadline indicated on your Notice of Deficiency.
If you need to petition with the U.S. Tax Court, you must petition before the deadline–which is only 90 days from the notice date of the IRS’s letter. If you don’t respond or petition before the stated deadline, the IRS will instead send you a bill for the proposed tax increases and make the proposed changes to your annual return
Act Quickly Before Accruing Penalties and Tax Interest
Whether you agree or disagree, you still need to respond to the IRS as soon as possible. If you don’t act promptly and your tax liability has increased based on the inconsistencies between your employer’s document and your return, the IRS will send you a bill. On this bill you will owe a penalty fee and interest on the taxes that remain to be unpaid.
Keep Tax Records
After your case has been resolved and you have either agreed with the IRS or have petitioned your case, be sure to save your tax records. Not only should you keep a copy of your Notice of Deficiency, but also keep a corrected version of the tax return in question.
Contact a Profession for any Question
If you have questions about your IRS Notice of Deficiency or need help understanding the notice’s direct implications to your current tax situation, do not hesitate to contact us. Receiving an IRS Notice of Deficiency isn’t a reason to worry, even if you owe more taxes. Through installment agreements and Offers in Compromise, you can find your way to a fresh start.