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One year, we received a letter from the IRS telling us we owed more than $5,000 in taxes, interest, and penalties for unclaimed income of about $10,000. After a brief panic, I sent the IRS letter to my CPA and asked him to investigate.
It turned out that one client issued a 1099-MISC on my wife's SSN rather than our EIN. We had claimed the income, but on our partnership return, not our personal return. Our CPA sent an explanatory letter to the IRS and, believe it or not, three weeks later we got a "never mind" letter from the IRS. Even better - my CPA didn't charge us for research or for sending the letter!
Michael L. Wyland
Sumption & Wyland
818 South Hawthorne Avenue
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104-4537
(605) 336-0244 or (888) 4-SUMPTION