IRS Letter 545 – We Recalculated Your Tax – You Filed More Than One Return

Letter 525 notifies you of the changes the auditor made to your tax return and your right to appeal the changes.

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Type of Notice: Return accuracy

Most common tax problem area: Amended return

Other tax problem areas: IRS tax audits

Why you received IRS Letter 545

  1. The IRS received more than one tax return for you or your spouse for the same tax year.
  2. The IRS recalculated your taxes.
  3. Letter 545 was sent to inform you of the changes made to your tax return with the married filing separate filing status. You have the right to dispute the changes. The notice also advises you that you may be able file an amended return using the married filing joint filing status.

Your options to address IRS Letter 545

  1. Dispute the taxes you owe
  2. File a return
  3. Dispute the penalties

Notice deadline: 30 days

If you miss the deadline: The IRS will assume the calculations shown in the examination report are correct. If you owe a balance as a result of these changes, the IRS will send you a bill.

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