Thursday, November 5, 2020
Do you owe $10,000 or more in IRS tax debt?
In some cases, you can reach a tax resolution and settle for far less than the amount you owe. This is known as an Offer in Compromise.
An offer in compromise is a tax resolution settlement of a delinquent tax account for less than the original amount owed. However, you will not get such an Offer approved without specialized assistance. As per the data available, in the year 2004 only sixteen percent of Offers were accepted.
If you are the having tax disputes with the IRS, tax professionals like experienced Enrolled Agents (EAs), Certified Public Accountant (CPAs), and tax attorneys can help you reach a tax resolution. Tax resolution encompasses a wide variety of settlements which includes IRS audits, Federal Tax Liens (IRS Liens), bank levies or wage garnishments, IRS penalty abatement, innocent spouse defense, bankruptcy discharge analysis, Offer in Compromise, un-filed or delinquent tax returns, and IRS collection statute of limitation analysis.
Thus, it is advisable to seek services of professionals (like EAs, CPAs or tax attorneys) specializing in solving tax problems or negotiating a tax resolution. You should get in touch with these professionals if you are involved in tax disputes like un-filed returns, missing records, threat of levy, or, if you need a tax resolution like Installment Agreement or an Offer in Compromise or want to be declared Currently Not Collectible.
For taxpayers, who are not able to reach a tax resolution immediately, an installment agreement can be a reasonable payment alternative. Installment agreements permit the full payment of the tax debt in smaller, more manageable amounts for the taxpayer. Currently Not Collectible is another tax resolution strategy, which implies that an individual has no ability to repay his or her tax debts. The Internal Revenue Service can affirm a person as "currently not collectible" after the IRS receives concrete substantiation that the individual has no capacity to pay.
Once the IRS proclaims an individual as "currently not collectible", the IRS discontinues its recovery or collection activities, including levies and garnishments. However, the IRS sends an annual statement to that taxpayer stating the amount of tax still owed. While currently in not collectible status, the ten-year statute of limitations on tax debt collection remains in force. If the IRS cannot collect its tax dues within the ten-year statutory period, the tax debt expires.
The IRS is perennially, under tremendous pressure to recover the billions of dollars, currently outstanding. Therefore, it will seriously consider all the reasonable offers to recover its debts and try to reach a tax resolution or close cases in all these areas.