IRS Letter 3016 – Innocent Spouse Relief Preliminary Determination

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

Type of Notice: Unpaid balance

Likely next step: Address an IRS bill for unpaid taxes

Also see: 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.

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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