IRS ‘review’ letter startles some taxpayers

IRS ‘review’ letter startles some taxpayers

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 24 at 7:03 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Michael Abernathy has been busy calming the fears of nervous clients recently. The Dilworth-based accountant says a letter sent by the IRS is causing the concern.  
 
“Well they think it's an audit, and from what we can tell, it’s not even close,” said Abernathy.
 
The letter explains that the taxpayer’s income tax return is under review. It goes onto explain that the taxpayer’s refund will be sent once the review is completed.  Most taxpayers received the refunds months ago, leading Abernathy to believe the letter’s a mistake.
 
The letter’s dated June 3, 2014 and is numbered 4464C in the upper-right corner. It was sent from the Internal Revenue Office’s Austin, Tex. office.
 
“This is the first time I've seen it, and I've been doing this for 30-something years.”
 
Abernathy says other colleagues across North Carolina have seen similar letters from concerned clients.  Even clients in Wisconsin and Florida reported receiving the letters.
 
“I've got a student who just graduated from Harvard, has no job. She got one.”
 
Abernathy reached out to the IRS, not sure what to do.
 
“We've contacted the IRS on three different occasions about the letters, and we found out in those 3 cases they were issued in error,” he said.
 
The IRS didn’t respond to NBC Charlotte’s questions concerning the letters.  Abernathy recommends that anyone who received the letter, keep it, but take no action unless further contacted by the FBI.

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