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Addressing letters from the IRS

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Have you received a letter from the IRS lately and you’re not sure why? You’re not alone. The IRS has recently sent out two letters, and they should not be ignored if you have received one of them.

Letter 5071C was only sent to those whom the IRS suspects may be victims of identity theft by a false tax return. The correction for this is fairly simple. The IRS offers a fast and easy way to verify your identity by visiting idverify.irs.gov. You will be prompted to answer questions only you, the true taxpayer, could answer. Before beginning, have on hand your prior year tax return, current year tax return, if filed, and all supporting documents (Forms W-2 and 1099 and Schedules A and C). This should only be completed by those who have received Letter 5071C.

The other notice sent by the IRS that is making taxpayers wary is a notice of changed address. If you did not make this change yourself, contact the IRS at (800) 829-1040 or by visiting your local IRS office. The letterhead looks official, but if you have not recently updated your address, this is typically an indication that you may be a victim of identity theft. Some have found large variances in the changed address, and some are only slightly off. Either way, we recommend that you contact the IRS immediately to correct your address and minimize the possibility of identity theft.

The IRS has not yet released an explanation or warning pertaining to this letter, but we will notify you when an update is made.

For further aid in understanding your IRS notice or letter, visit http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Understanding-Your-IRS-Notice-or-Letter.