IRS Notice CP09 – Eligible for Earned Income Credit

IRS notices aren’t always terrible. If you get IRS Notice CP09, you might be owed a refund because you might have missed out on a tax credit.

Why Did I Receive IRS Notice CP09?

Since you failed to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on your tax return, the IRS decided that you may be eligible for it and received your notice CP09. If you are eligible, it can lead to a tax refund. The note also contains the estimated return amount.

What You Can do?

To check if you can claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), you will need to complete the worksheet (Form 15111) on pages 3 through 5 of your IRS CP09 notification. Whether you are eligible or not, you must complete the following steps:

  • No, I’m not eligible. The worksheet should not be mailed to the IRS. Nothing further needs to be done.
  • Yes, I am eligible. Date and sign the worksheet (if you’re married and filing jointly). Fill out the worksheet and mail it to the IRS in the provided envelope.

In roughly six to eight weeks, the IRS will mail you a refund check. However, the money will be used to reduce any outstanding tax debt or other obligations to the government. A letter of explanation will be sent if the IRS denies the credit for any reason.

Whom Should I Speak With If I Have More Questions?

If you need help with your IRS CP09 notice, please refer to the contact information indicated in the letter. If it has been more than eight weeks and you still haven’t gotten your refund, you can call the IRS at (800-908-4490).

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