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Understanding your CP12A Notice

We made changes to correct the Earned Income Credit (EIC) claimed on your tax return.

Printable samples of this notice (PDF)

Tax publications you may find useful

How to get help

Calling the 1-800 number listed on the top right corner of your notice is the fastest way to get your questions answered.

You can also authorize someone (such as an accountant) to contact the IRS on your behalf using this Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative (Form 2848).

Or you may qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.

What you need to do

  • Review the notice, and compare our changes to the information on your tax return.
  • If you agree with the changes we made, do nothing; you should receive a refund check in 4-6 weeks, as long as you don't owe other tax or debts we're required to collect.
  • If you don't agree, call 1-800-829-8374 to review your account or contact us by mail. Include any correspondence or documentation.

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Answers to Common Questions

How can I find out what caused my tax return to change?
Please contact us at the toll free number listed on the top right corner of your notice for specific information concerning your tax return.

What should I do if I disagree with the changes you made?
If you disagree, contact us at the toll free number listed on the top right corner of your notice.

If you contact us in writing within 60 days of the date of this notice, we'll reverse the changes we made to your account. However, if you're unable to provide us with additional information that justifies the reversal and we believe the reversal is in error, we'll forward your case to examination for audit. This step gives you formal appeal rights, including the right to appeal our decision in court. After we forward your case, the audit staff will contact you within five to six weeks to fully explain the audit process and your rights. If you don't contact us within the 60 day period, you'll lose your right to appeal our decision before payment of tax.

My child is turning 18 this year. Can I still get the Additional Child Tax Credit?
No. Your child must be under the age of 17 at the end of 2010 to qualify for both the Child Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit.

Tips for next year

Consider filing your taxes electronically. Filing online can help you avoid mistakes and find credits and deductions that you may qualify for. In many cases you can file for free. Learn more about e-file.

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