Many people don’t know that the IRS will, in some instances, negotiate a tax liability. Sometimes they will even settle on a surprisingly low total amount to finally settle a tax debt.
There are a few options for negotiating a tax debt down from the original amount, one of which is the IRS’s offer in compromise program. An IRS offer in compromise allows people who owe an unreasonable amount of debt to pay off their debt and finalize the total settlement at a lower amount than the full balance.
The Offer in Compromise program is meant to be an alternative solution to settling tax debts so that you have an opportunity for a fresh start. The program was established in order to ensure that taxpayers have payment options, particularly if they have an unfair or unlawful tax debt burden and are being forced into collections.
The offer in compromise program can be an extremely effective tool for settling your debt at a surprisingly low rate–even 20% or less than the original amount in some cases.
Typically, an Offer in Compromise action will work like this:
Variations on these types of offers do exist. Each one of them are still called an “offer in compromise,” but each one is entirely different and has different criteria to qualify.
There are a number of rules that apply and, naturally, details matter. We advise clients on tax debt remedies such Offer in Compromises daily. Please contact us immediately if you have an unpaid tax debt and would like to consider whether an Offer in Compromise might be an appropriate solution.
To be considered for an offer in compromise, you must prove that you cannot pay the debt and that it would be unfair for the IRS to push you to do so.
Some of the reasons that the IRS would issue an offer in compromise include:
Having an experience tax professional on your side to help you through the process of submitting and negotiating the offer can increase the chances that the offer is not only accepted, but one that results in you paying the absolute minimum amount required to take advantage of the IRS offer in compromise program.
We are former IRS attorneys, appeals officers, and auditors who help taxpayers prepare and submit offers in compromise. We offer compassionate, individualized service at manageable rates.
If you are in a situation where you cannot pay your debt owing, call today for a confidential consultation. Our number is 832-915-1040.