IRS Letter 2531 – Your Tax Return Doesn’t Match the Information We Have On File


The income reported on your Form 1120 does not match the income reported to the IRS by banks, businesses, and other payers. Compare the information on the notice with the information reported on the Form 1120.

Type of Notice: Return accuracy

Likely next step: Address a business audit

Also see: Business penalties, Unpaid business taxes

Why you received IRS Letter 2531

  1. You filed a Form 1120 with the IRS.
  2. When processing the return, the IRS compared the income, credits and deductions reported on the return with information from third parties such as banks, businesses, and other payers. The IRS found a discrepancy between what was reported on the return and what was reported by third parties.
  3. The IRS sent Letter 2531 to inform you of the discrepancy. You do not need to file an amended return. The notice gives you 45 days to agree or disagree with the information reported by third parties.

Notice deadline: 45 days

If you miss the deadline: If the IRS hasn’t received a response within 45 days and the adjustment results in an increase in tax, the IRS will send another notice proposing additional taxes, penalties and interest.

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