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Some IRS bills are sent to people by mistake

In our last post, we talked about receiving a notice from the Internal Revenue Service, and what you should do to properly address such a situation. Today, we'd like to expand on that discussion by talking about receiving a tax bill from the IRS.

The IRS will send you a tax bill if you owe them back taxes or if you forgot to include payment in your tax filing when you owed the IRS for the year. In many cases, the people who receive such a tax bill respond in a timely fashion and address the problem at hand. But some people get nervous and scared after receiving such a bill, leading them to either act in an irresponsible fashion or to outright ignore the bill. This is the first tip for people who receive a tax bill from the IRS: don't freak out. Remain calm and communicate with the IRS as soon as possible. If you ignore the notice, it will only make things worse for you.

If the bill is legitimate, then you should try to pay off your debt. If that's not possible, you can discuss an offer in compromise or some other payment plan with the IRS. During these discussions, it may be helpful to have an attorney on your side.

Sometimes, though, a tax bill may be sent to an individual by mistake. The same rules apply here -- don't procrastinate on the erroneous letter. Inform the IRS that they have sent the bill to the wrong person and clear up the situation as quickly as you can. Again, an attorney may be very helpful in these situations.

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