- State your point in a respectful tone. Mention all the necessary details to prove your claim. Make sure you let the reader know about your research.
- Mention your name and Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). Also include the subject of your letter if need be.
- Point out the error. Explain how you identified the error.
- Request the reader to make a correction.
- Provide your TIN if you had not provided it earlier.
- End on a positive note.
[State, ZIP Code]
[State, ZIP Code]
[Subject: Normally bold, summarizes the intention of the letter] -Optional-
Dear [Recipients Name],
Subject: July Eve property TIN 444777777
Yesterday, I got the assessment for my property tax. I was surprised to find that my home has been valued at 90% higher than the value during the previous assessment that was just six months ago. I believe this could just be a mistake considering that my home is already 19 years old and belonging to a vicinity where most homes of the same kind as mine have increased only by 9% in value. To strengthen this fact, I will be very willing furnish you with the pertinent documents. You can also contact me at 2243355 for clarifications. Thank you, and I hope to get a corrected assessment at the soonest time possible.
[Senders Title] -Optional-
[Enclosures: number] - Optional -
cc: [Name of copy recipient] - Optional -
Sample letter to correct tax on the wrong valuation of property.
Further things to consider when writing error letters to government officials
Error letters are letters written to point out mistakes that someone has made and try to correct them. Some mistakes are more serious and bigger than others, and some even have financial repercussions. However, acknowledging and trying to fix them shows the recipient that he/she can trust you, even if the mistakes made suggested otherwise. It does not matter if it is a misprint in coupon discounts, a billing error, an error in newspaper listing, or an invoice error. Drafting an error letter will help make things right again and improve the chances of maintaining the relationship you had with the recipient.
Error letters are simply a means to acknowledge that an error was made. Therefore, they should be written as soon as possible after the incident. Start the letter by clearly pointing out the error. Give details on how you plan to rectify the error. Maintain a considerate and respectful tone because you probably have caused some inconvenience. Explain how the error occurred and apologize if necessary. If the error was made by the recipient, point out the error and request him/her to correct it. Close the letter with a positive note that helps to build confidence.
Letters to Government Officials
Letters to government officials are letters written to any person who works and acts in an official capacity for the government. The recipients of such letters could be congressmen, governors, or even the president. There are many reasons why you may want to write to a government official. Maybe some roads in your area need reconstruction and proper lighting. Perhaps there is a curfew in your town which has made it impossible for you to do night shifts. Whatever the reason, the letter must be formal, respectful, and well-worded.
When writing letters to government officials, you need to decide the official to whom you want to direct the letter. Start by introducing yourself and clearly stating the reason for your letter. Explain how the issue at hand affects you and other people in your group. Explain your personal stand on it and the reason for your position. Offer suggestions that you think can solve the problem. Emphasize important information by bolding or underlining. Try to keep the letter short, preferably one page. Wrap it up by thanking the recipient in advance for reading the letter and considering your thoughts. Type the letter or write it in clear, legible handwriting.