Balance-due notices on joint returns issued in error, IRS says

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The main focus of my practice is taxpayer representation involving IRS tax issues and compliance.  Some taxpayers who filed tax returns for 2021 using the married-filing-jointly filing status may receive or have already received an IRS notice CP14 erroneously demanding a remaining tax balance owed or an incorrect amount owed, the IRS said in a statement Wednesday.

Generally, the error occurs when a payment was made by a spouse who was the second-listed taxpayer on the return (secondary spouse). The IRS said its programming does not credit payments made by the secondary spouse to the couple's joint account when they are either (1) not made electronically; (2) made electronically but posted "before the joint return indicator is present to identify the primary taxpayer"; or (3) made by the secondary spouse via the Make a Payment feature of an online IRS account.

Affected taxpayers who have fully paid the correct amount of taxes due do not need to respond to an erroneous notice, the IRS said. Those who paid only part of their taxes due should pay the remaining correct balance either in full or enter into an installment agreement or other collection alternative. Taxpayers with an online account under the Social Security number of the taxpayer who made the payment can check the account to ensure the payment was credited.

"What should I do if I receive a CP14 notice by mistake?" Taxpayers should retain the erroneous notice and verify their taxes were in fact paid and credited properly, which can be done with an IRS online account.

If you or someone you know is having IRS issues, please feel free to contact me at (609)410-9154 or by email at bnelsoncpa@gmail.com

Comments (1)

Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Denver Broker / Real Estate Advocate

In this day and age of the IRS, not so sure they can handle the flow of work to get anything right.  Look forward to seeing both the Fed Res and IRS (income tax) go away.

Aug 03, 2022 09:00 AM