IRS Notice CP05 – Your Refund is Being Held While The IRS Reviews Your Tax Return

Your refund is being held, pending a review of your return. The IRS may contact third parties to verify information shown on the return.

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Type of Notice: Return accuracy

Most common tax problem area: IRS audits

Other tax problem areas: IRS penalties, IRS bill for unpaid taxes

Why you received IRS Notice CP05

  1. The IRS selected your return for review to verify one or more items on the return.
  2. The IRS is holding your refund pending the outcome of the review.

Your options to address IRS Notice CP05


Notice deadline: N/A

If you miss the deadline: No response is due at this time, but the IRS may send you a second notice requesting that you provide documents to support one or more items shown on your tax return.

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