CP 297 Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right to a Hearing is the IRS notice sent when a taxpayer with tax debt has not responded to any IRS notices regarding the tax debt and has not made any effort to resolve his/her tax debt. This is the final notice the IRS sends regarding the payment of the tax debt.
The IRS has various methods to collect unpaid taxes, including IRS notices, tax lien and federal tax levy. Initially, the IRS sends multiple notices to inform the taxpayer about the amount of tax debt to be paid and how to pay it. If their notices go unanswered and the taxpayer does not resolve the tax debt, then the IRS moves to aggressive collection actions such as garnishment and levy.
Receiving a CP 297 means that the IRS will place a levy against you after the 30-day period granted to resolve the tax debt. This notice must be responded to, as under a levy, the IRS can your garnish wages, withdraw funds from your bank account, and seize and sell your property or assets. After the 30-day period, if no satisfactory effort is made to resolve the debt, the IRS may place a lien or begin levy without further communications with you.
If you do not owe the tax debt or do not agree with the information on the notice, you must contact the IRS immediately. You should call the IRS on the telephone number provided on the notice. You may also file an appeal with the Appeals Collection Due Process (CDP). Remember to place the appeal within 30 days from the date on the notice. After that time period, the appeal will not be accepted.
It is advisable to make immediate efforts to resolve the tax debt after the receiving of CP 297. If you cannot afford to pay your entire tax debt, you can explore the payment plans offered by the IRS or consult a tax resolution service to resolve the case.