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Understanding your CP51A Notice

We computed the tax on your Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ. You owe taxes.


What you need to do

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What if I can't pay what I owe?
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Call us at the toll free number on the top right corner of your notice to talk about payment plans or learn more about them.

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Am I charged interest on the money I owe?
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Will I receive a penalty if I can't pay the full amount?
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