IRS Adds QR Codes to Key Balance Due Notices

For the first time, the IRS is adding barcode technology to notices sent to millions of taxpayers.

Starting this month, the CP14 and CP14 IA notices that inform taxpayers that they owe money on unpaid taxes and their payment options are now equipped with QR bar codes to help those taxpayers securely and easily navigate to the website.

Taxpayers can now use their smartphones to scan a QR code in the CP14 or CP14 IA to go directly to and securely access their account, set up a payment plan or contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service.  

Scanning the QR code on the CP14 or CP14 IA gives the taxpayer direct access to the information they need on to resolve their account balance online without the need to call or interact with the IRS directly.

QR codes may be added to other forms in the future. If you see a QR code on anything other than a CP14 or a CP14IA, do not scan it! It could take you to a malicious website. When in doubt, contact the IRS and confirm that your form or communication is legitimate.