The IRS has over 16 versions of Letter 3164 which accompany other letters or notices about various IRS procedures being investigated. The essential message from Letter 3164 (no matter how it is used) is that the IRS may contact 3rd parties for information about you.
Often, this won't matter to you because the IRS will contact your bank or employer about some trivial aspect of your case. But, sometimes, this can be devastating, such as when the IRS contacts all of a business' customers so they become informed about the business IRS & debt problems.
So, your reaction to Letter 3164 will depend on: 1) which IRS procedure is occurring; 2) which information is sought; & 3) from what source will the information be solicited. Here are the various Letters 3164 by process:
Responding to Letter 3164
- For Letter 3164A, please read the Prep Steps for Business Taxes.
- For Letters 3164B & 3164M, please read the Prep Steps for Collections.
- For Letters 3164C & 3164I, please read the Prep Steps for Unfiled Returns.
- For Letter 3164D, please read the Prep Steps for Return Errors.
- For Letters 3164E, 3164F, 3164G & 3164H, please read the Prep Steps for Audits.
- For Letter 3164L, please read the Prep Steps for Appeals.
Generally, you do not need to make a response directly to the IRS about Letter 3164. But, depending on the circumstances, you may warn your customers or associates that the IRS may contact them.
And, the underlying issue being investigated by the IRS must be contested & resolved. So, please contact our office for a consultation! We will prepare a proper response.