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IRS NOTICES: TAX DEBT

What is a CP71A notice?

Mark Steber Chief Tax Information Officer Published On June 26, 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 CP71A is about.

Understanding your CP71A notice

This notice is an annual summary of the IRS taxes, penalties, and interest you still owe the IRS.

If the IRS has determined your tax debt is currently non-collectible due to financial hardship, you do not need to do anything.  

Type of Notice

Unpaid taxes

Why you received the CP71A notice

You received a CP71A notice because you owe the IRS taxes. If you are currently making payments or the IRS has notified you the debt is currently in a non-collectible status due to financial distress. No payment is currently due.

Likely next steps

As always, carefully read the notice, which will include the amount of taxes you still owe.

If you need help addressing your tax debt, you can contact a tax professional to learn more about your options.

About the Author

Mark Steber is Chief Tax Information Officer, responsible for key initiatives that support overall tax service delivery and quality assurance. Mark also serves as a Jackson Hewitt liaison with the Internal Revenue Service, states, and other government authorities. With over 30 years of tax experience and deep knowledge of the federal and state tax codes, Mark is widely referenced as an expert on consumer income tax issues, especially electronic-tax and data-protection issues.

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