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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 CP49 is about.

Understanding your CP49 notice

You owe past-due taxes and the IRS used either part, or all, of your tax refund to pay the debt.

Type of Notice

Tax debt

Why you received the CP49 notice

You received a CP49 notice because the IRS used some, or all, of your tax refund to pay the existing tax debt.

Likely next steps 

As always, carefully read the notice, which will outline how the IRS used your refund.

However, if you disagree with the IRS assessment, contact the IRS by the phone number or mailing address in this notice.

If you still owe tax debt, you can contact a tax professional to learn how to pay off your tax debt or visit the IRS page, Understanding Your CP49 Notice to see your options.

CP49 Notice deadline 

The only deadline for the CP60 notice is normal statute of limitations to receive a refund, three years beyond the due date of the tax return or two years past the date the return was filed and the taxes paid, whichever is later.  The deadline is based on the tax year of the refund.

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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