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What is a CP05 notice?

Jo Willetts, EA

Director, Tax Resources

Published on: June 10, 2020

IRS notices are letters sent to inform taxpayers of important tax information. Each one is different, but we can explain what the CP05 is about.

Understanding your CP05 notice

The IRS is verifying your income and income tax withholding after your return was filed.

Type of Notice

Tax ID theft

Why you received the CP05 notice

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.

Likely next steps

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

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.

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