We hope not, but if you or one of your tax clients did receive a letter-do not panic. There are many reasons why the IRS would send a letter and believe it or not, they are not all bad. The most important thing to remember is to follow the instructions and respond if required. If you want to verify the legitimacy of the letter or to obtain further instructions, enter the notice or letter number here.

Hopefully the IRS just wants the taxpayer to know that they overpaid taxes and are due a larger refund. Some of the more common letters refer to missing 1095-A information about their health insurance or the need to verify the taxpayers identity. If it is a audit request, make sure that you have all of your paperwork together and ready to take with you. If your client purchased Audit Maintenance Pro when they had their taxes done, this would be the time to contact them. Here is some additional advice from consumerreports.org.