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Mark Steber

Chief Tax Information Officer

Published on: June 26, 2020

IRS notices are letters sent to inform taxpayers of important tax information. Each one is different, but we can explain what the CP71 is about.

Understanding your CP71 notice

This notice is an annual summary of the IRS taxes, penalties, and interest you still owe the IRS.

Type of Notice

Tax debt

Why you received the CP71 notice

You received a CP21B notice because you owe the IRS taxes and associated penalties and interest. If you are already working with the IRS, no payment is currently due.

Likely next steps

As always, carefully read the notice, which will include the amount of taxes you still owe. 

If you need help addressing your tax debt, you can contact a tax professional to learn more about your options.

CP71 Notice deadline

If you are working on a payment plan, offer in compromise or a change to the balance due, there is no payment currently due. There will be a due date for your next. If you have not resolved the debt, you must pay the balance due or set up a payment plan.

About the Author

Mark Steber is Senior Vice President and Chief Tax Information Officer for Jackson Hewitt. With over 30 years of experience, he oversees tax service delivery, quality assurance and tax law adherence. Mark is Jackson Hewitt’s national spokesperson and liaison to the Internal Revenue Service and other government authorities. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), holds registrations in Alabama and Georgia, and is an expert on consumer income taxes including electronic tax and tax data protection.

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