Understanding an IRS Letter CP3219A: Statutory Notice of Deficiency
Have you received a Letter CP3219A? Are you unsure why? Or what the next steps are?
When you get a Letter CP3219A, the government is in the process of trying to clear up a discrepancy in their records.
It’s likely you already received a Letter CP2000 explaining proposed changes to your tax return. This usually happens after the IRS gets information from a third party–like an employer or financial institution–and it is different from what’s on your tax return.
To get a Letter CP3219A, you either:
- Disagreed with the Letter CP2000 and sent information that the IRS rejected or amended
- Failed to respond to the Letter CP2000
What to Do After Getting a Letter CP3219A
The Letter CP3219A comes by certified mail. It explains why there is a proposed increase in your taxes and gives you instructions to resolve this situation.
Read the letter carefully. Review the changes and compare them to your tax return.
If you agree with the changes, sign the enclosed Form 5564 and return it to the address on the CP3219A. You can also fax the documents to the number on the letter. If faxing, be sure to include your name, social security number, and tax year at the top of each page.
You can include a payment with your Form 5564 (if applicable) to reduce the amount of interest and penalties charged.
Don’t Agree with the Changes?
If you disagree with the changes, you have the right to challenge the proposed changes. To do this, file a petition with the U.S. Tax Court by the date shown on the letter. In most cases, you will have 90 days from the date on the letter to file your petition. If the letter is addressed to a person outside of the United States, you will have 150 days.
Also, if you disagree, you can provide additional information to the IRS enclosed with the Form 5564. Be aware, the review of this information will not extend the time you have to file a petition with the U.S. Tax court.
Important: Your petition will not be considered if you file it late.
When you file a petition with the U.S. Tax Court, you will no longer be working directly with the IRS.
Don’t ignore Letter CP3219A. If the IRS doesn’t hear from you, they will send you a bill for the additional tax PLUS any applicable penalties and interest.
If you want more detailed information about what to do after getting a Letter CP2000 or Letter CP3219A, please refer to the IRS’s Publication 5181.
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