Over the last few weeks, an untold number of taxpayers have been confused by the arrival of not one but two letters from the Internal Revenue Service.
The first letter (CP 11, CP 12, or CP 13) notified taxpayers that the IRS had made changes to their tax returns. Because of these changes, the taxpayer either owes money, is due a refund (or their refund amount changed), or now has a balance of zero.
So far, so good, right?
However, the confusion for many began with the arrival of a second notice (letter 6470), which referenced the first letter, notified recipients they had a right to appeal the first letter, and then apologized for not mentioning the appeal part the first time around. These second letters began arriving in people’s mailboxes recently, leading many taxpayers to speculate on social media and in Facebook groups whether they might be a scam.
They’re not a scam. As we wrote in early August, the IRS had previously sent out…