IRS Letter 3016 – Innocent Spouse Relief Preliminary Determination

The IRS made a decision about your Innocent Spouse Relief claim.

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Type of Notice: Unpaid balance

Most common tax problem area: IRS bill for unpaid taxes

Other tax problem areas: IRS penalties

Why you received IRS Letter 3016

  1. You filed a tax return with a filing status of married filing jointly.
  2. The IRS attempted to collect taxes due on that return from you.
  3. You filed for Innocent Spouse Relief.
  4. The IRS sent Letter 3016 to notify you of the decision the IRS has made regarding your request for relief. You have the right to appeal this decision.

Your options to address IRS Letter 3016

  1. Dispute the taxes you owe
  2. Dispute the penalties

Learn how to address an unpaid tax bill.
Learn how to address IRS penalties.

Notice deadline: 30 days

If you miss the deadline: You lose your right to file an appeal with the IRS Office of Appeals.

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