The IRS recently announced that it would resume sending tax notices that were previously halted due to COVID-related processing backlogs. In addition to resuming the halted notices, the IRS has begun to send out 2022 balance due notices.

Additionally, the IRS sends notices for the following reasons:

  • To notify you of a change in your refund amount
  • To ask a question about your tax return
  • To verify your identity
  • To request more information
  • To notify you of a change made to your return
  • To notify you of delays in processing your return

Here are eight tips to keep in mind if you happen to receive an IRS notice:

  1. Don’t panic. You are not alone. The IRS mails millions of notices to taxpayers each year. Oftentimes, there is a simple resolution.
  2. Don’t ignore the IRS. If the IRS says you didn’t pay enough tax, interest and penalties will be included in the balance due notice. Notices have a deadline for responding. If you ignore the notice, the penalties and interest will continue to grow.
  3. Read the notice thoroughly. Each notice has specific instructions telling you what you need to do to resolve the issue.
  4. Double check the numbers. When a notice includes changes by the IRS to your tax account, review the information and compare it with your original return. The IRS does make mistakes.
  5. If you disagree, speak up. If you don’t agree with the notice, it’s important to respond promptly. The notice will include instructions on how to respond if you disagree. Depending on the notice, response options may include mailing a written letter, calling the IRS, faxing the IRS, or uploading documents online at The option to upload documents online is new this year.
  6. Keep good records. Keeping good records of your tax returns and supporting documents is highly recommended even if you never hear from the IRS. When it comes to IRS notices, you’ll also want to keep copies of any notices and all follow-up communications.
  7. Be alert for scams. Scammers use mail, telephone, and email to impersonate the IRS and steal people’s personal information and money. They have successfully stolen millions of dollars from unsuspecting taxpayers. The IRS initiates most contacts through the mail delivered by the USPS. The IRS will not contact you by email, text messages, or social media channels to request personal or financial information. For more information on how to figure out if you are being scammed, visit

Know when to seek professional help. If you receive a notice and are unsure how to proceed, reach out to your tax advisor at Ketel Thorstenson. We have a team of IRS correspondence experts available to help you with your IRS notice.