IRS TAX PROBLEMS: Did you get an unexpected tax bill?

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San Mateo, CA: The IRS initially sends taxpayers their unpaid "tax bills" on a Notice called a CP14.

What’s Happening with IRS CP14 Notices?

Recently, some taxpayers have been surprised to receive CP14 notices from the IRS. These notices indicate a balance due, despite the taxpayers having made their payments when filing their 2023 tax returns.  

If you paid your 2023 tax return balance using electronic methods or by check, this billing situation can arise generally because of two main reasons:

  1. Premature Notice Issuance: The IRS might have issued the CP14 notice before your payment was fully processed.
  2. Processing Errors: Your payment might have been processed but encountered errors, which require additional handling before your tax account can be updated.

I paid my taxes but still got the CP14--Now what?

The IRS has told taxpayers who have received a CP14 notice but believe they have paid their taxes in full and on time to sit tight for now.  The IRS is looking into the cause of the delayed payment postings. If you paid on time, do not worry about penalties and interest--those will be automatically adjusted once the proper processing date is established.

The IRS acknowledges the inconvenience this processing delay has caused and extends its apologies to the affected taxpayers. The agency is working to resolve these discrepancies and ensure all payments are correctly applied.


If you received a CP14 notice despite having paid your 2023 taxes in full, keep documentation of that payment--whether it be a cancelled check from your bank or a confirmation number from your electronic/online payment in a safe place.  It may be needed later.  For now, the IRS says they are processing as quickly as possible and most of the issues should be resolved soon.

If the situation is not resolving or if you get further letters threatening a lien or levy action, it is time to contact a tax professional who is familiar with the IRS collection process to represent your interests. 


Kevin Rego

Law Office of Kevin Rego


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Kevin Rego

Tax Attorney

San Mateo, CA


Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Excellent advice. Fortunately, this is not a problem we've ever experienced. My husband is very vigilant about our taxes and timeliness of payments.

Jun 25, 2024 04:45 AM
Kevin Rego

That is a winning plan---getting on the wrong side of the IRS can be exhausting and expensive!  

Jun 25, 2024 06:48 AM