Most of our clients at Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc. never intended for their income tax debt problem to get this far. When they file their tax returns in April, they always think, “I’ll pay this off in a month or two.” Like many Americans who are financially struggling, their good intentions fell by the wayside as other urgent financial obligations arose and his unpaid balance at the IRS remained unpaid longer than they intended it to. The IRS has sent out their notices, but most taxpayers either still believe they had time (the notice said so!) or that the IRS may miraculously forget the tax debt. The IRS has a progression of enforcement / collection notices. IRS notices are sent in an order. Those IRS notices will get more serious, and you will finally realize the IRS is very serious about the liens and levies being threatened in the notices. Most taxpayers in this very serious situation will not know what to do.
Every year, millions of Americans experience federal tax liens and levies (bank and wages). The good news is that if you’re like the 20,000,000 other taxpayers with an IRS problem and you’re facing this unpleasant situation, you can avoid IRS collection actions.
How the IRS Issues Levies:
To satisfy unpaid taxes, the IRS will issue a levy to take a taxpayer’s income and assets. Income and assets can be: wages, paychecks, stocks, bonds, checking accounts, savings accounts, Social Security and Veteran’s pensions. The process follows several steps. First, the IRS is required by law to provide the taxpayer with:
- Notice and demand for payment
- Notice of intent to levy
- Notice of a right to a Collection Due Process
THESE NOTICES CAN BE SENT TO ANY ADDRESS THAT THE IRS HAS ON FILE FOR YOU.
YOU MAY NEVER HAVE RECEIVED ANY NOTICE AT ALL.
For most taxpayers, the IRS accomplishes these requirements by sending five letters, starting about six weeks after the taxpayer files a return. The five letters are often referred to as the automated collection “notice stream” (notice numbers CP14, CP501, CP503, CP504, and L1058/LT11). If the delinquent taxpayer receives the last notice and doesn’t pay the balance or make other arrangements to pay the balance, the IRS can levy the taxpayer’s income and assets, including garnishing wages and/or self-employment income and seizing funds in bank accounts. In 2012 alone, the IRS issued almost 3 million levies to taxpayers.
How to Have an IRS Levy Stopped, Released and Avoided:
If you know you owe the IRS for an income tax balance (meaning the IRS didn’t make a mistake, you filed the return correctly, and the balance can’t be reduced by filing an amendment), there is one way to avoid a levy, and it’s the same way to remove the levy: Get into an agreement with the IRS to pay the balance.
This means you’ll need to analyze your financial situation and ability to pay the IRS. In some cases, you may need to get help from a tax professional.
One simple, common solution is an extension of time to pay the balance in full. Extensions allow you up to 120 days to pay the balance and avoid a levy.
BEFORE YOU GET YOURSELF INTO AN EXTENSION, CONSULT WITH AN IRS TAX PROFESSIONAL.
If you can’t pay with an extension, you can request an installment agreement to make monthly payments, or you can request currently not collectible status, which officially classifies you as temporarily unable to pay. Requests for both of these agreements will suspend levy actions. Once the installment agreement is accepted, the IRS will not issue a levy unless you default on the agreement. If the IRS places you in currently not collectible status, your assets won’t be levied; however, be aware that the IRS can remove the currently not collectible status in the future if the IRS determines that you can pay the tax balance.
BEFORE YOU GET YOURSELF INTO AN INSTALLMENT AGREEMENT
CONSULT AN IRS TAX PROFESSIONAL
The IRS offer in compromise (OIC) is a collection alternative that settles a taxpayer’s tax debt for less than the amount owed, and it also suspends levy actions. IRS Offer in Compromise (OIC) acceptance not as rare as in previous years. Currently, the IRS has been accepting 46% of the settlement offers submitted.
90% of Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc.’s Clients Have Had Successful Offers in Compromise.
Financially struggling taxpayers need to contact a reputable IRS Tax Professional to see if they are qualified and eligible to settle with the IRS for less. Have your IRS settlement prepared by an experienced IRS Tax Professional because if the IRS rejects your settlement offer, you’ll need to set up an alternative agreement to avoid a levy.
It’s important to note that if the IRS determines that you are purposely delaying the collection process, the IRS can use liens and/or levies even while it considers your request for a collection alternative. This often happens when a taxpayer has multiple tax years with an unpaid balance or has requested numerous collection agreements that the IRS has denied.
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