IRS Letter 555 – Response to Taxpayer After Statutory Notice of Deficiency


The IRS is responding to your inquiry after you received a Statutory Notice of Deficiency.

Type of notice: Return accuracy

Possible next step: Address an IRS audit

Also see: IRS penalties, IRS bill for unpaid taxes

Why you received IRS Letter 555

  1. You filed a tax return that was selected for audit.
  2. The IRS sent you notification of the audit decision with 30 days to appeal.
  3. You either did not appeal or the Appeals Office denied the request.
  4. The IRS sent a 90-day Statutory Notice of Deficiency.
  5. You contacted the IRS after you received the Notice of Deficiency.
  6. The IRS sent Letter 555 to either request additional information, or to notify you that no changes were made based on the information provided. The notice also tells you that the deadline to file a court appeal has not changed from the date shown on the Notice of Deficiency.

Notice deadline: N/A

If you miss this deadline: Although this notice has no deadline, you may still have time on the 90-day deadline on your Statutory Notice of Deficiency to file a petition in U.S. Tax Court.

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