IRS Letter 5699

This letter is most likely sent due to incomplete or non-existent filing. If the IRS rejected your filing they consider the filing to be not sent until they have either accepted the filing with revisions or accepted it outright. If you didn’t send your filing at all it is recommended that you do so immediately.

In this letter the IRS requires one of the following responses within 30 days from the date of the letter:

  • I was an ALE for calendar year 2015 and already filed Form 1094-C and Forms 1095-C with the IRS using <name> and <employer identification number> on <date>.
  • I was an ALE for calendar year 2015 and my Form 1094-C and Forms 1095-C are included with this letter.
  • I was an ALE for calendar year 2015 and will file my Form 1094-C and Forms 1095-C with the IRS using <name> and <employer identification number> by <date>. (If more than 90 days from the letter, the response must explain why.)
  • I was not an ALE for calendar year 2015.
  • Other (must explain)


The IRS sends notices and letters for the following reasons:

  • You have a balance due.
  • You are due a larger or smaller refund.
  • We have a question about your tax return.
  • We need to verify your identity.
  • We need additional information.
  • We changed your return.
  • We need to notify you of delays in processing your return.



Each notice or letter contains a lot of valuable information, so it’s very important that you read it carefully. If we changed your tax return, compare the information we provided in the notice or letter with the information in your original return.


If your notice or letter requires a response by a specific date, there are two main reasons you’ll want to comply:

  • to minimize additional interest and penalty charges.
  • to preserve your appeal rights if you don’t agree.


Pay as much as you can, even if you can’t pay the full amount you owe. You can pay online or apply for an Online Payment Agreement or Offer in Compromise. Visit our payments page for more information.


It’s important to keep a copy of all notices or letters with your tax records. You may need these documents at a later date.

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