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What to Do if You Receive a CP14 Notice

Receiving a notice from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can be an unsettling experience for any taxpayer. One of the types of notices the IRS sends is called CP14. This notice informs you about the unpaid tax amount due for a particular year. This notice marks the beginning of the IRS’s collection process and should not be ignored. It is important to understand how to respond to a CP14 notice to manage your tax obligations and avoid further complications.

Understanding the CP14 Notice

If you have received a CP14 notice from the IRS, it means that you owe taxes. The notice will clearly explain the amount due, including the unpaid tax, penalties, interest, and payment instructions. Fortunately, if you pay the balance in full by the due date contained in the notice, additional interest and penalties will not accrue. Therefore, it is crucial to address this notice promptly to avoid further interest, penalties, and enforced collection actions.

How to Resolve the CP14 Notice

Review the Notice Carefully
Upon receiving a CP14 notice, the first step is carefully reviewing it. Make sure to verify that the tax year and the amount owed are correct, and take note of the payment due date. Mistakes can happen, and the IRS may have made an error in their calculations or your account details.

Assess Your Ability to Pay
After confirming the accuracy of the notice, assess whether you can pay the total amount owed by the due date. If you can pay in full, it’s advisable to do so immediately to avoid further penalties and interest. You can make payments online or by mailing a check or money order to the IRS.

Consider Payment Options
If you’re unable to pay the total amount, don’t panic. The IRS offers several payment options to help taxpayers settle their debts:

  • Installment agreements: There are several payment plans that allow you to make monthly payments over time that fully pay your tax debt. These include short-term, guaranteed, streamlined, nonstreamlined, and negotiated installment agreements. In addition, taxpayers who cannot pay their total tax liability by the Collection Statute Expiration Date (CSED) can establish a partial pay installment agreement if they have some ability to pay.
  • Offer in Compromise (OIC): An OIC allows you to settle your tax debt for less than the total amount you owe. It may be a good option if you can’t fully pay your total tax liability. When determining whether to accept your offer, the IRS considers your income, expenses, and asset equity.
  • Currently Not Collectible (CNC): If paying the IRS would create an economic hardship, they may put a hold on collection activities until your financial situation improves. However, interest and penalties continue to accrue during this period. The good news is that the entire debt will be canceled if the CSED expires while you’re in CNC status.

Respond to the Notice
Regardless of the payment option you’re considering, responding to the CP14 notice is crucial. If you’re paying in full, ensure your payment is processed before the deadline. If you are considering exploring other resolution options, we recommend starting the application process as soon as possible.” Ignoring the notice may result in additional interest, penalties, and enforcement actions, including liens or levies against your assets.

Seek Professional Help
If you disagree with the IRS’s explanation about why you have a balance due or are unsure how to proceed, you should seek help from a tax professional. CPAs or attorneys experienced in IRS collection matters can provide guidance tailored to your situation. They can help determine the accuracy of the notice, seek penalty abatement, and find the best payment option for you.

Speak with a Tax Resolution Specialist

Receiving a CP14 notice can be overwhelming, but handling it carefully and promptly can help manage the situation. Let East Coast Tax Consulting Group help you find the right solution to your tax problem. Take the first step towards resolving your CP14 letter. Contact us today at 561-826-9303 for a FREE consultation!

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