No one likes to receive a letter from the IRS, but if you forgot to file your taxes, you’ll eventually receive the 30-Day Nonfiler Notice, or Audit Letter 3391.
This notice is sent to taxpayers who neglect to file their taxes for at least one tax year and who owe taxes. Each missing tax year will be disclosed on the letter, along with the amount of taxes you owe for a given year.
What To Do
As with any IRS notice, you have 30 days to respond. If you agree with their findings, sign/date the notice, and follow any other instructions or procedures described in the letter.
If you disagree, you have the right to file an appeal. You have only 30 days to do so; don’t wait until the last minute to file an appeal. If you let the 30-day period expire, you automatically forfeit your right to appeal.
If you disregard the notice altogether, the IRS has the right to begin collection action against you, up to and including asset levy and imposing a tax lien against you.
How To Avoid Receiving Audit Letter 3391
You’re most likely reading this and thinking, “Duh. Just file your taxes.”
Life can get hectic and tax filing day can slip by if you’re a busy person with a lot on their plate. Bills, work, kids, and other responsibilities can turn your attention away from important deadlines such as tax day.
Don’t let another tax year slip by, especially if you expect to owe taxes; that’s when you’re most likely to receive an Audit Letter 3391.
Set a reminder in your phone, on your desk calendar or anywhere else you’re likely to see it. Stay organized throughout the year by keeping all of your tax documentation in one place, such as a filing system or scanned to a portable drive.
Even if you don’t expect to owe taxes each year, you need to file a return. Don’t let the IRS come calling. If you do receive a letter and if the thought of dealing with the IRS on any level leaves you cold, consult a licensed tax professional. He or she will advise you of your options and guide you through the process of responding to the notice and providing the information required by the IRS.
Life happens. Taxes don’t get filed. In that case, you could end up receiving the Audit Letter 3391 from the IRS. Don’t ignore it. Be proactive, respond within the 30-day window, and stay current with filing your tax returns, even if you don’t expect to owe any taxes. You’ll be ahead of the game and you’ll have one less thing to occupy your time in the long run.