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.

Type of notice: Unpaid balance

Likely next step: Address an IRS bill for unpaid taxes

Also see: 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.

Notice deadline: N/A

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