Jo Willetts, EA
Director, Tax Resources
Published on: June 10, 2020
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The IRS is verifying your income and income tax withholding after your return was filed.
Tax ID theft
You have received a CP05 notice from the IRS because the IRS has received a tax return in your name and the IRS is verifying your income and income tax withholding.
As always, read the notice carefully. You will only need to take immediate action if you did not file a tax return. Someone might have used your information to file a fraudulent tax return and you will need to complete and sign Form 14039, and send to the IRS with accompanying documents. For more information, see IRS Identity Theft Victim Assistance: How It Works on irs.gov.
About the Author
Jo Willetts, Director of Tax Resources at Jackson Hewitt, has more than 35 years of experience in the tax industry. As an Enrolled Agent, Jo has attained the highest level of certification for a tax professional. She began her career at Jackson Hewitt as a Tax Pro, working her way up to General Manager of a franchise store. In her current role, Jo provides expert knowledge company-wide to ensure that tax information distributed through all Jackson Hewitt channels is current and accurate.