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A CP75A notice means the IRS is auditing your Earned Income Tax Credit, dependents, and filing status. The notice will state exactly what they’re auditing and what documentation to send.

You can view an example of this notice on the IRS website.

Why Does the IRS Send a CP75A Notice?

This notice is only for audits of the Earned Income Tax Credit. As a widely available refundable credit, this is one of the most abused credits, and the IRS has a high audit rate for it. The IRS routinely requests additional documentation from people who claim it.

The difference between a CP75A notice and a CP75 notice is that the CP75A notice also asks for information about your dependents and filing status. The CP75 notice only covers the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Receiving this notice does not necessarily mean that you were not eligible to claim the credit. The IRS simply wants to see additional proof of your eligibility.

What Happens if I Don’t Respond?

If you don’t respond to the notice, the IRS will generally disallow the credit. If the IRS disallows the credit, you will likely owe additional tax plus interest and penalties.

How Should I Respond?

The CP75A notice will tell you what information the IRS needs. If you don’t have the specific documents they asked for, talk to a tax professional about alternative ways to prove your eligibility.

What Should I Do if I Realize I Wasn’t Eligible for the Credit?

If you realize you should not have claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit, you should respond to your CP75A notice explaining that you made a mistake and why. This may reduce your chances of being banned from taking the EITC in the future. It will also ensure that you can receive your bill and pay your balance sooner and reduce the interest and penalties that you have to pay.

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