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IRS Notice CP85A

Please help us confirm your filing status

The IRS can challenge the Earned Income Tax Credit if it perceives there's an error on your return. The IRS does this using information it has on file, and challenges are generally based on income, dependents and/or filing status. Let H&R Block help you determine if you qualify.

What happened?

  1. You filed a tax return with head of household filing status and claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit.
  2. You received an IRS notice CP85A because its records indicate incorrect filing status and that you may not qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. You must confirm with the IRS that your filing status is correct.

How can H&R Block help?

  • Occasionally, the IRS is missing information in its records and sends CP85A notices in error. We'll look into the Earned Income Credit you claimed and confirm if you qualify.
  • We'll review your tax situation and make sure your tax return was prepared correctly.
  • If we discover you don't qualify for head of household filing status, we'll help you prepare and submit an amended tax return.

Have questions about a CP85A notice you received? Schedule a FREE consultation with an H&R Block tax professional today. We'll sit down to review your notice, answer your questions, and, if necessary, recommend next steps to get your issue resolved.

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