The following is a guest post by Jim Young.
If you are one of those folks who just hate bad news, why take a chance by opening a letter from the Internal Revenue Service? You won't be receiving a notice that you won the lottery. More likely you will be informed that you owe additional tax or get equally distressing news - it's audit time.
Most initial letters from the IRS ask for additional information regarding a tax return you have already filed, or they may point out a perceived error they found on the return. The IRS will ask you to pay the additional tax they say you owe and advise you to forward payment or explain why you disagree with their assessment.
When the IRS has reached out and touched you, it's important to read the letter and respond. If you don't, more letters will follow and the tone will become edgier. Frankly, the IRS does not like being ignored.
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