Can I call the IRS to confirm its receipt of my 83(b) election?


By completing the navigation of the IRS phone system outlined below, some of our customers have reported occasional success with reaching a representative from the IRS who may be able to confirm receipt by the IRS of a taxpayer's 83(b) election. The IRS representative may confirm receipt by phone and, upon request, may also be able to send written evidence that confirms receipt.

Note that it can be extremely difficult to reach an IRS representative. It is common to complete the following navigation only to hear: "We're sorry, but due to extremely high call volume and the topic you requested, we are unable to handle your call at this time. Please try again later or on our next business day."

Instructions for navigating the IRS phone system to confirm IRS receipt of 83(b) election:

  1. Call the IRS at 800.829.1040
  2. Select option 1 ("To continue in English")
  3. Select option 2 ("For answers about your personal income taxes")
  4. Select option 1 ("For questions about a form you have already submitted, your tax history or payment")
  5. Select option 4 ("For all other questions about your tax history or payment")
  6. Select option 2 ("For all other questions about your tax history or payment")
  7. Enter your social security number
  8. Select option 1 to confirm you entered a social security number
  9. After the correct read back of your social security number, select option 1 to confirm
  10. Do not choose any of the topics offered. Instead, continue to hold to indicate that you have not heard your topic.
  11. Ignore any other prompts and continue to hold. This should ultimately result in an attempt to transfer your call to the queue to speak with an IRS representative. Simply listen to any notifications (e.g., "Your call may be monitored or recorded for quality purposes", "Please hold while we transfer your call", "Please wait", etc.).
  12. If IRS call volume allows your call to be queued to speak with an IRS representative, you may hear a wait time estimate (e.g., "We estimate your wait time to be between 15 and 30 minutes"). If your call cannot be queued to speak with an IRS representative, you may be asked to call back later (e.g., "We're sorry, but due to extremely high call volume and the topic you requested, we are unable to handle your call at this time. Please try again later or on our next business day.").