[IMGCAP(1)]Receiving a tax notice from the IRS or a state department of revenue may not be what you were hoping for in the day’s mail. But in many cases the notice can be resolved both quickly and painlessly.

A taxing authority such as the IRS or the Illinois Department of Revenue will issue a written notice under various scenarios, some of which are discussed below. (Note that the initial contact is always by mail; if you receive a phone call purportedly from the IRS or other tax authority, it is fraudulent, and you should hang up without revealing any personal information.)

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