Common Tax Notices and Letters

The Notice of Intent to Assess is the most common communication taxpayers will receive out of the thousands of other notices and letters DOR sends out every year. Here are some things you should know about this notice in case one shows up in your mail box.

  • Take a deep breath. Many notices are simply asking for more information even though it may look like a bill.
  • Always follow the instructions for what you need to do about resolving the notice.
  • If you ignore the Notice of Intent to Assess, DOR assumes the assessed tax liability is correct and will then issue a tax bill.

See samples of common tax notices and letters.


If Your Refund Check isn't What You Thought it Would Be

In some cases where there is an obvious math or clerical error on your return, the DOR will issue a Notice of Change in Tax (See sample Link to the image file.). You will find it on the stub of your check and it will list the reason the amount of refund check is different from what you requested on your income tax return. DOR mailed over 80,000 of these notices last tax year alerting taxpayers that their refund was either greater or lower than expected because of errors on line items and other simple mistakes.

Taxpayers can challenge the refund adjustment by writing to the address listed on the Notice or by calling Customer Service.

Top Reasons Why Your Refund is Larger or Smaller pdf format of Top Reasons Why Your Refund is Larger or Smaller