What types of notices might I receive from the Automated Collection System when I owe money to the IRS?

Knowing what you are dealing with and who you are receiving contact from is crucial when the IRS contacts you about an unpaid tax debt. Many taxpayers feel overwhelmed and confused about what is happening when they receive such a contact. Generally, it depends on the type of notice that you receive as to what potential actions you may be facing and who you are receiving contact from.

4 Types of Notices You May Receive From the IRS

You may receive any of the following notices from the IRS with regard to unpaid tax debt:

  1. Reminder—You Have a Balance Due, or CP 501
  2. Important—Immediate Action is Required, or CP 503
  3. Urgent—We Intend to Levy on Certain Assets. Please Respond Now, or CP 504
  4. Final Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right to a Hearing, or CP 90

The Reminder, Important, and Urgent notices are all sent by a computer through the Automated Collection Service. As a result, there is no human being involved. The IRS is reviewing your debt, but there is not a single individual assigned to your matter. This may change by the time you receive the Final Notice. At this point, the notice can be sent either by the Automated Collection Service or by a local IRS Revenue Officer. After receiving one of these notices, you are instructed to contact the Automated Collection Service for more information.

Arming yourself with knowledge is the first step towards resolving your unpaid tax debt. To learn more, we encourage you to check out our free guide, The Ultimate Survival Guide for IRS Problems.