What does the CP stand for in CP2000?

We are all familiar with IRS CP 2000 notices but did you ever wonder what the “CP” stands for? We recently had a message board post asking this question, and the answer is: “Computer Paragraph.”

There are numerous CP forms generated by the IRS to send to taxpayers for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Requesting payment;
  • Giving instructions;
  • Providing information;
  • Requesting information; or
  • Proposing penalties or assessments.

There are also CP notices that the IRS uses for internal purposes only.