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IRS NOTICES: TAX DEBT

What is a CP77 notice?

Mark Steber Chief Tax Information Officer Published On June 22, 2020

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IRS notices are letters sent to inform taxpayers of important tax information. Each one is different, but we can explain what the CP77 is about.

Understanding your CP77 notice

The IRS has sent several notices requesting full payment of your taxes and you still haven’t paid. You need to pay immediately or face a levy (seizure) or your property. This is a final notice and you need to take it seriously.

Type of Notice

Notification of collection

Why you received the CP77 notice

You have received a CP77 notice because the IRS is notifying you that they are planning to levy some or all of your assets for unpaid taxes. You do have a right to a Collection Due Process hearing.

Likely next steps

As always, read the notice carefully. Then, you need to either pay the full amount you owe or, if you cannot afford to pay the full balance, you can set up a payment plan. You can also contact a tax professional to learn more about your options.

CP77 Notice deadline

The CP77 notice will include a due date for your tax payment.

If you miss the deadline

The IRS will issue a levy against your assets.

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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