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IRS Notices: Tax Debt

What is a CP14 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 CP14 is about.

Understanding your CP14 notice

You owe the IRS money in unpaid taxes.

Type of Notice

Tax debt

Why you received the CP14 notice

You have received a CP14 notice because you owe the IRS unpaid taxes.

Likely next steps

As always, read the notice carefully, which will clearly outline how much you owe the IRS and how to pay. The IRS offers payment plans if you cannot pay the full amount. Learn how to set up a payment plan here. If you are unable to pay your taxes now and for the foreseeable future based on your income and/or other financial problems, you could consider filing an Offer in Compromise.

CP14 Notice deadline

Your CP14 will have a deadline for payment listed.

If you miss the deadline

If you don’t pay the taxes by the due date in the notice, interest will accrue and penalties will be assessed back to the due date of the tax return.

About the Author

Jo Willetts, Director of Tax Resources at Jackson Hewitt, has more than 25 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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