If we request additional information
If you receive a letter from us asking for documentation to support what you claimed on your return, it doesn't mean you did anything wrong. It is just an extra step we take to ensure refunds go out to those who are entitled.
While not all cases are the same, we commonly ask for documentation to verify one or more of the following:
If you receive a letter, you should respond as soon as you can because we review responses in the order they are received. The easiest and fastest way to respond is online through our Respond to department notice service.
Earned income tax credit: If you're self-employed and claiming the credit, you must maintain business records throughout the year to support your earned income and expenses. To learn more, see DTF-215, Recordkeeping Suggestions for Self-employed Persons.
Child and dependent care credit: If you're claiming the credit, you must maintain records that prove you paid child care expenses, such as cancelled checks or money orders. To learn more, see DTF-216, Recordkeeping Suggestions for Child Care Expenses.