IRS Letter 555 – Response to Taxpayer After Statutory Notice of Deficiency

The IRS is responding to your inquiry after you received a Statutory Notice of Deficiency.

Type of notice: Return accuracy

Possible next step: Address an IRS audit

Also see: IRS penalties, IRS bill for unpaid taxes

Why you received IRS Letter 555

  1. You filed a tax return that was selected for audit.
  2. The IRS sent you notification of the audit decision with 30 days to appeal.
  3. You either did not appeal or the Appeals Office denied the request.
  4. The IRS sent a 90-day Statutory Notice of Deficiency.
  5. You contacted the IRS after you received the Notice of Deficiency.
  6. The IRS sent Letter 555 to either request additional information, or to notify you that no changes were made based on the information provided. The notice also tells you that the deadline to file a court appeal has not changed from the date shown on the Notice of Deficiency.

Notice deadline: N/A

If you miss this deadline: Although this notice has no deadline, you may still have time on the 90-day deadline on your Statutory Notice of Deficiency to file a petition in U.S. Tax Court.

Want more help?

Your tax professional can deal with the IRS for you. Learn more about H&R Block’s Tax Audit & Notice Services.

Letter from the IRS?

Your local H&R Block tax pro can look into it for you.

Schedule a Free Consultation

Or call 855-536-6504

Related Information

How to Handle an IRS Audit

Learn what the IRS is looking for during an audit, the steps you should take to prepare for an IRS audit, and when it's best to get expert help.

What You Need to Know About an IRS Statutory Notice of Deficiency

The Statutory Notice of Deficiency is part of a series of notices sent by the IRS to propose additional tax, penalties and interest. Learn more from the tax experts at H&R Block.

Don’t Pay an IRS Penalty Without Looking Into Penalty Relief

The IRS grants four types of penalty relief, but many taxpayers don't ever ask. Learn how to request penalty abatement from the IRS.

Four Myths — And The Truth — About IRS Audits

Separate fact from fiction when it comes to IRS audits. Learn what causes tax audits, what happens during an audit, and what to do if you get an IRS letter.

How Long Does It Take? IRS Audit

How long you can expect your IRS audit to last depends on the type of audit and the scope. Learn how to efficiently wrap up an audit from the tax experts at H&R Block.