The IRS Integrity and Verification Operations IVO group is delaying some taxpayer refunds to screen for identity theft and refund fraud.
Taxpayers identified by the program may receive a 4464C letter from the IVO stating that their tax return is being thoroughly reviewed so that the IRS can ensure the accuracy of return information. The letter states that the IRS may contact the taxpayer or third parties for further information and that if the taxpayer does not hear from the IRS or receive his or her refund within 60 days from the date of the letter, the taxpayer may contact the IRS directly. Once the IRS has completed its review, it may send a full or partial refund or no refund. Whatever the decision, the taxpayer can appeal it.
The IRS has indicated that the letters are part of the screening program to combat stolen identity refund fraud and do not mean the taxpayer has been selected for audit.
If the IRS asks you for additional info, answer promptly.
If you received the same IRS letter (4464C) referenced above, you don’t need to take any action right now.
The IRS asks that you not call them until 60 days after the date of the letter, and only call if you haven't received your refund or heard from the IRS by then.
Please see the IRS’s Understanding Your Letter 4464C page for more information.