Last friday, I received a mail from the IRS stating that there was a discrepancy in my filing of personal taxes for 2016 vs what was reported by other institutions. The letter did not go into detail on what the discrepancy was. Both my wife and I are on W2.
The letter stated that they had sent me several notices for payment and since I had not responded (this is the first notice I am seeing and I have not moved in over 3 years), they had been applying a compounding 4% interest on me. They have given me a new due date of Jan 28th for me to make a payment, else I would be fined another 4% for the next six months.
I am shocked as this is the first time I am hearing about this and the sum is not a trivial amount (almost $6k now). So I called the IRS to try to figure out what the discrepancy was. However, due to the shutdown, IRS offices are closed and I can't get anyone on the phone either.
What are my options here? If I owe the govt. money, of course, I am going to pay but I would like some clarify on why and what I am paying for.