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IRS Collection Letters

The IRS follows a set protocol for contacting taxpayers, pursuing taxpayers, and taking strong enforcement action against taxpayers - such as wage garnishments, bank levies, tax liens, and more! That's why it is a serious mistake to ignore IRS collection notices and letters.

If you have received a tax collection letter or notice from the IRS, the Tax Relief Center can connect you to an experienced tax relief specialist or attorney serving your area - a professional who understands your circumstances and can go to work for you to come up with the most favorable tax relief solution for you. Start today by getting your Free Tax Debt Relief Consultation Now - at No Obligation.

It's important to understand that tax problems never go away - they only get worse and more stressful over time, unless you take action to exercise your legal rights to get the tax relief you are entitled to. Here's a partial list of some common IRS collection letters:

CP 88 - Delinquent Return Refund Hold
This notifies taxpayers that the IRS is holding their refund until a tax return has been filed or an acceptable explanation is given for why it was not filed.

CP 90/CP 297 - Final Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right to a Hearing
This notice indicates that the taxpayer still has a balance due on their account and that the IRS intends to place a levy on specific assets unless the taxpayer takes action within a 30 day period. Read more about CP 90/CP297

CP 297A - Notice of Levy and Notice of Your Right to a Hearing

CP 297A is a letter notifying you that the IRS has issued a Levy against your assets. This allows them to seize your property (i.e., wages, real estate, bank accounts). Additionally, this notice informs you that the IRS is not giving you a pre-levy hearing since you have requested one within the last two years. Read more about CP 297A


CP 91/CP 298 - Final Notice Before Levy on Social Security Benefits
The CP 9/CP 298 letter notifies you that the IRS intends to issue a Levy against fifteen (15) percent your Social Security benefits as a result of unpaid taxes. You must pay the amount within 30 days from the date of the CP 91/298 notice or contact the IRS before they issue a levy (seize property). Read more about CP 91/CP 298

CP 503 - IMF 2nd Notice - Balance Due
This notice informs taxpayers that immediate action is required. This letter states that the IRS has written to the taxpayer that taxes are owed, but the taxpayer has not contacted the IRS to respond. The letter goes on to state that the taxpayer may be eligible to pay via an installment agreement or a payroll deduction agreement, but if the IRS doesn't receive a response, steps will be taken to collect monies owed.

CP 504 - Final Notice - Balance Due

CP 504 is a letter notifying you that the IRS intends to issue a Levy against your state tax refund because of an outstanding tax debt. The notice adds that the IRS is seeking other assets of yours to levy (i.e., wages, real estate, bank accounts). Additionally, the IRS may file or has filed a Federal Tax Lien, on your property allowing them to claim it as security against your tax debt. Read more about CP 504

CP 2000 - Notice Proposing Changes to the Taxpayers Return
This letter is sent to taxpayers when the IRS receives information from employers or other entities that doesn't match what was reported by the taxpayer on their return. Based on the new information that the IRS has, they then propose changes to the return and communicate to taxpayers what they may do if they agree or disagree with the proposed changes.

CP 521 - - Balance Due
The notice informs taxpayers that a payment is due and that penalties and interest have been assessed and will continue to accrue until the balance is paid in full.

CP 523 - Notice of Default on Installment Agreement
Informs taxpayers that they have defaulted on their installment agreement. The notice also provides the reason for the default, describes the actions the IRS plans to take, and communicates what taxpayers can do to prevent the IRS from taking those enforcement actions. Read more about CP 523

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