IRS Notice CP81 – The IRS Hasn’t Received Your Tax Return

The IRS issues CP81 within six months of the refund statute expiration date, to notify you that a tax return must be filed before the expiration date for you to receive a refund.

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Type of Notice: Late return

Most common tax problem area: Unfiled tax returns

Other tax problem areas: N/A

Why you received IRS Notice CP81

  1. The IRS did not receive a tax return from you by the due date.
  2. Your tax account shows credits were applied for the tax year shown on the notice.
  3. The IRS sent CP81 to remind you to file the tax return. You may be due a refund which you will lose if you do not file the return within three years from the date the return was due.

Your options to address IRS Notice CP81

  1. File a return
  2. Clear up an account error

Notice deadline: Three years from the date the return was due.

If you miss the deadline: You will not receive a refund for this tax year, even if you file the tax return.

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