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Mount Laurel, NJ: CP14 What Do I Do Now?

By
Industry Observer with OnPoint Resolution LLC

Just filed my income tax return, now I am receiving CP14 from the IRS. What do I do now?

When you receive an IRS Notice CP14, it means the IRS is informing you that you have unpaid taxes for a specific tax year you have filed. This notice is essentially the first notice you might receive about unpaid taxes and it outlines how much you owe, including any penalties and interest accrued up to the date of the notice. It's a prompt from the IRS for you to either pay the amount due or to contact them to make arrangements if you disagree with the amount or can't pay it in full.

Here’s what you should do upon receiving a CP14 notice:

  1. Review the Notice Carefully: Check the details of what tax year the debt is for and how the amount due was calculated. Make sure it aligns with your records. Because you just filed, remember!

  2. Verify Your Tax Returns: Before you take any action, confirm that your tax returns were filed correctly and that all payments and credits have been applied to your account. Sometimes, discrepancies occur because of unreported income, mathematical errors, or missed payments.

  3. Decide on a Course of Action:

    • If you agree with the notice, you should aim to pay the full amount by the due date specified to avoid further penalties and interest.
    • If you cannot pay the full amount, you might consider reaching out to the IRS to discuss payment plan options or potential relief programs you may qualify for.
    • If you disagree with the notice, it's crucial to contact the IRS promptly. You will need to provide documentation to support your case, such as payment records or corrected tax return information. It’s recommended to do this within the timeframe specified in the notice to preserve your appeal rights.
  4. Contact the IRS if Needed: If you have questions or need to arrange a payment plan, the notice will provide contact information. It's important to not ignore the notice, as doing so can lead to further penalties or even a tax lien against your assets.

  5. Keep Records: Document all communications with the IRS, including copies of any letters, emails, or records of phone calls. This documentation can be crucial if there are any future disputes.

  6. Consider Professional Help: If you're unsure about how to proceed, especially if the amount owed is significant or if you believe there’s been an error, consulting with a tax professional can be very beneficial. They can offer guidance, help you navigate the IRS processes, and represent you in communications with the IRS.

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Receiving a CP14 notice is a signal to take immediate action, either to rectify any errors on your part or to engage with the IRS to resolve the issue. Staying proactive and informed can help you manage the situation effectively.

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