This March 22, 2013 file photo shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

This March 22, 2013 file photo shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

The IRS normally sends correspondence in the mail. They mail millions of letters to taxpayers every year. Keep these important points in mind if you get a letter or notice:

•Don’t ignore it. You can respond to most IRS notices quickly and easily.

•Follow instructions. Read the notice carefully. It will tell you if you need to take any action. Be sure to follow the instructions. The letter will also have contact information if you have questions.

•Focus on the issue. IRS notices usually deal with a specific issue about your tax return or tax account. Your notice or letter will explain the reason for the contact and give you instructions on how to handle the issue.

If you agree, you don’t need to reply unless a payment is due. If you don’t agree, it’s important that you respond. Follow the instructions on the notice for the best way to respond. You may be able to call to resolve the issue. Have a copy of your tax return and the notice with you when you call.

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