IRS Notice CP42 – The IRS Applied Your Refund to Taxes Owed

A refund was applied to taxes owed under a spouse’s (or former spouse’s) Social Security number.

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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 Notice CP42

  1. You, your spouse, or both of you had an unpaid tax balance.
  2. The return you recently filed has a refund.
  3. The IRS took all or part of the refund to pay the unpaid balance.

Your options to address IRS Notice CP42

  1. Dispute the taxes you owe.
  2. Dispute the penalties.
  3. Make arrangements to pay.

Notice deadline: N/A

If you miss the deadline: N/A

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