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IRS Form 433-A Collection Information Statement for Wage Earners and Self-Employed Individuals
IRS Form 433-A
The IRS Form433-A, “Collection Information Statement for Wage Earners and Self-Employed Individuals”, is a financial disclosure that all applicants for an Offer in Compromise are required to provide as part of an OIC application.
If you are like many taxpayers that are burdened with an insufferable amount of back tax debt, you have undoubtedly heard claims of “settling your tax debt for pennies on the dollar”. Like the proverbial, used car sales man, these claims are far-fetched as best.
This disclosure provides the IRS with an in-depth “fact” based snapshot of your financial position and ability to pay your back tax debt based on your income and wages, monthly expenses, business information, and assets, and ultimately forms the basis of whether your Offer in Compromise offer will be accepted or denied.
The information provides an outcome what the IRS calls the Reasonable Collection Potential, which is used to determine if there is sufficient income to support a monthly payment with an Installment Agreement and what assets are available to be levied.
It’s said that approximately 20 percent of taxpayers that apply for an Offer In Compromise are ultimately approved on the basis of the information submitted on the Form 433-A. Here in lies the key point, the determination on whether your back tax debt can be settled for less than the amount owed depends on the accurate and complete presentation of “facts” on the Form 433-A.