IRS Tax Attorney Tells: How Does an Offer in Compromise Work?

OFFER IN COMPROMISE

An Offer in Compromise is an option that you have with the IRS to settle your back income taxes. If you owe a substantial amount of money in federal taxes ($10,000 or more), you can submit an IRS settlement through the Offer in Compromise for less than your total outstanding balance and see if the IRS accepts it. Generally considered the “nuclear option” if you have a tax bill you doubt you’ll ever be able to pay off, filing an offer in compromise is a long and daunting process (an Offered settlement can take 12 months) with many confusing and seemingly contradictory requirements. Even though the Offer in Compromise program was simplified through the Fresh Start Initiative, gathering all the necessary paperwork for an offer in compromise is incredibly time consuming as is staying on top of communications from the IRS regarding your settlement offer. However, if your income tax debt is significant and/or you are in poor shape financially, it may be worth it to take the time to submit an offer in compromise.

Types of Offers in Compromise

First, you, the financially struggling taxpayer, need to know what type of offer in compromise you should file. There are two chief types of offers: doubt as to collectibility and doubt as to liability. Doubt of collectibility offers are made if it doesn’t look like the IRS will have any chance of collecting all or most of your outstanding balance right now or in the near future because your assets and income are outweighed by your outstanding balance. If you are filing a doubt as to liability offer in compromise, the premise for settling your back taxes is that there have been tax administration errors, and you don’t actually owe as much as the IRS says you do. Your liability isn’t supposed to exist under the current tax law, or ministerial errors were made.

Offers in compromise can also be made in the name of effective tax administration, where you are not arguing that tax law was correctly applied (and your balance is collectible to an extent) but that paying your outstanding taxes would cause a significant financial hardship, and the IRS isn’t going to get any money out of you as a result. For example, the value of your home could determine that your tax liability is collectible but losing your home would result in hardship.

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Fees and Low-Income Certification

Generally, there is a $186 nonrefundable application fee when you apply for an offer in compromise. It is totally separate of any tax payments and doesn’t count toward your outstanding balance. The only exception to this is if you are submitting an offer based on doubt as to liability. The fee is also waived if you qualify for the low-income exception. If your monthly income falls at or below 250% of the poverty guidelines set by the Department of Health and Human Services, you can check off the low-income certification section of the offer in compromise form (Form 656).

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Eligibility and Taking Care of Unfiled Tax Returns

The IRS Tax Attorney at Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc., who is handling your IRS tax problem, will ensure that you’re eligible for an offer in compromise. If you are in open bankruptcy proceedings, you can’t make an offer.

Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc. can determine if you are eligible and qualified to settle with the IRS during our initial consultation.

Next, you need to make sure that you’ve filed all outstanding tax returns. The alternative is to wait for the IRS to file substitute returns on your behalf, but this frequently doesn’t have the best outcome. Substitute returns only account for the bare minimum of tax benefits and rely on data already in the system, such as W-2s and 1099s on file, opposed to what your actual tax situation could look like. Because of this, your total outstanding tax debt could look a lot larger than it really is and make it harder for your offer to be accepted as a result.

If you proceed without having at least substitute returns on file, it will cause significant delays in the offer process.

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Compiling a Personal Financial Statement

You need to prove that your income and assets are insufficient to pay your entire outstanding tax balance. Form 656 has two different financial statement forms, one for individuals and businesses, with an extra section for self-employed taxpayers. This statement is incredibly exhaustive as you must provide information about your and your spouse’s employment, whether your dependents and other people living in your household contribute to the household income, household expenses, vehicles and other assets, and virtually anything else related to your ability to pay down your tax debt. You must include copies of documents such as pay stubs, car notes, student loan payments, and other proof of your expenses, income, assets, and debts to substantiate what you entered on the financial statement. If you are self-employed, you need to provide an extensive breakdown of assets used in your business as well as where your income comes from and the type of expenses you have.

The purpose of collecting so much financial information is so that the IRS can determine if you can pay your balance in a reasonably short timeframe and that it doesn’t merit the other resolution options available to you such as going on a payment plan or making your account temporarily uncollectible.

Revisiting the pre-qualification stage, the IRS makes basic allowances such as $1,000 in the bank and $3,450 against the value of your car (based on the current figures in Form 656), but if they otherwise determine that you can pay your total outstanding balance with your assets as-is and/or by going on a payment plan, your offer will be rejected. If your debts significantly exceed your assets, the odds are more likely to be in your favor.

Making the Actual IRS Settlement Offer and Choosing a Payment Plan

Once you’ve compiled your financial statement, which should support your Offer in Compromise amount and how much you are able to pay, you then make the actual offer. The offer price should be as close to the original tax liability as possible, within reason.

You also will specify if you will make the offer in five payments or less with a lump-sum payment plan or periodic plan (typically monthly). If you are opting for the lump-sum option, your package must include a payment for 20% of the total offer amount. For periodic plans, include the first period’s payment in your package. You then need to stay current on these payment plans while waiting for the IRS to make a decision.

Waiting for the IRS to Respond

Once you submit the offer and your initial payment, you must honor the payment arrangement proposed in your offer even though it will take time for you to get a response. While the IRS is processing your offer, you need to keep making these payments or else your offer will be voided. The only exception to this rule is if you meet the low-income certification guidelines.

Another important factor to consider is that while you wait for the IRS to accept or reject your offer in compromise, penalties and interest will still mount on your outstanding balance. Collection actions will be suspended, but you may still receive a federal tax lien that won’t be released until the terms of the offer have been satisfied. Because of this, if you have any outstanding installment agreements, then you don’t need to make payments on them.

If you received a notice that your offer was accepted, or two years passed from the date that the IRS received your offer, and they still didn’t respond with a decision, then your offer has been deemed accepted. You still must keep up with the payments that you were making while waiting for a response, except that now your outstanding balance has been reduced to your offer amount. If you have any federal tax refunds for future tax years, they will also be applied to your outstanding balance.

A Returned Offer in Compromise and Rejections

A common mistake people make when submitting an offer in compromise that comes back to them is confusing it for a rejection. The IRS will sometimes send back an offer in compromise package if information is missing. Other reasons for returning the offer package include failure to enclose the application fee or make the first payment, didn’t file the required tax returns, or didn’t pay current tax liabilities while the offer was being considered. While being in open bankruptcy proceedings generally deems you ineligible, you can still try to submit an offer in compromise, and it will just get returned instead of outright rejected.

This distinction is important because having an offer package returned to you doesn’t give you a right to an appeal. Your submission date completely resets once you’ve gathered all the missing information and/or payments and can resend your offer, starting the entire process all over again. This means that you will need to update your financial statement as well as provide new and current supporting documents.

If your Offer in Compromise is rejected however, you will receive a formal rejection notice in the mail with detailed instructions on how to elevate your case to the IRS Office of Appeals. Your request for an appeal has to be made within 30 days from the date on this letter, or else you’ll have to start an entirely new offer from scratch. You will usually be given reasons for rejection and have the opportunity to dispute them as well as make a counter offer for the amount you will pay over time.

Potential Consequences of Submitting an Offer in Compromise

If the IRS accepts your Offer in Compromise, you will never be able to dispute the amount in court or anywhere else. If you wind up having to file for bankruptcy after the offer has been accepted, the amount of federal taxes you owe now can’t be disputed.

Owing taxes and beginning the offer in compromise process will also show up on your tax transcript. In the event that you need to supply a tax transcript, such as applying for housing or a business loan, this could have adverse effects.

There is also a risk of defaulting on your offer, such as if you can’t make payments due to hardship, or you intentionally go delinquent. Because the IRS already had to stop collection actions during the review process, going into default gives them the right to file suit and collect the entire unpaid balance of the offer. They can even collect the original amount of your outstanding taxes as liquidating damages and not just the offer amount, and do so without notice.

If you suspect that you are going to default on a payment plan once they’ve accepted an offer in compromise, you should contact the IRS immediately so your offer isn’t voided in the event of an emergency such as job loss, domestic violence, or health problems.

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Is an Offer in Compromise Right for You?

It ultimately depends on your individual financial situation and whether you’ll be able to keep up with payments despite settling for a smaller amount. Since the IRS also looks at your potential for future income based on your individual circumstances, if your income looks like it will be about the same or less than what it currently is then you have a higher likelihood of your offer being accepted.

If you don’t meet the low-income certification guidelines based on both your monthly income and household composition, but it’s difficult for you to keep up with monthly payments, you may want to look into other tax debt resolution options such as an installment agreement, online payment agreement, or temporarily making your account uncollectible while you figure out how to pay your tax bill.

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Due to the massive amount of time, paperwork, and stress involved in preparing an offer in compromise package, submitting an offer in compromise is best for taxpayers who have significantly large outstanding balances with little to no potential to ever pay that balance back, such as if you become unable to work due to health conditions. If your assets are sufficient to pay down your tax debt, the entire process will have been for naught because you’ll be deemed solvent enough to liquidate some of your assets and just pay your balance.

Submitting an offer in compromise is not a fast and easy process and should definitely be done with the assistance of a tax professional. In addition to compiling your personal and/or business financial statements correctly, they can also ensure that a compelling case has been made for why you must settle your back taxes. After deciding which type of offer in compromise best suits your financial situation, you then have to see if you qualify for low-income certification and determine if you can stay current on the payment plan you are proposing. You take a risk in submitting an offer in compromise in that defaulting on this type of payment has harsher consequences than defaulting on a standard IRS payment agreement, but also that it shows up on your tax transcript and can create issues if third parties need a copy of it.

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What to Do When the IRS Plans to Takes a Taxpayer’s Social Security or Other Benefit Check

Our IRS income tax relief experts at Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc. have helped countless taxpayers who have had their Social Security and Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits seized by the IRS. The IRS, through the Federal Payment Levy Program (FPLP) can seize as little as 15% of your benefit check.
A taxpayer may have retired and now draws on their Social Security or may be unable to work due to disability and now receives Social Security Disability (SSDI). The IRS may have previously placed a financially struggling taxpayer in currently not collectible status (CNC) because they did not have enough income to pay an overdue income tax debt. Now that a taxpayer is drawing money from Social Security, do not be surprised to receive a notice from the IRS that the Internal Revenue Service is going to be taking part of the taxpayer’s check each month. A taxpayer may have thought they were in Currently not Collectible status only to find out that their check is 15% short of the full benefit. Can the IRS really seize social security? Yes, the IRS can and will take at the minimum 15% unless steps are taken to stop, remove and release the IRS levy.
What is Currently not Collectible?
Currently not Collectible status (CNC) simply means that the IRS won’t try to collect taxes at the current time. Should a taxpayer be placed in Currently not Collectible status (CNC), a Federal Tax Lien will be filed. If your credit is important to you, this will be an issue. The income tax debt owed will continue to accrue penalties and interest. The IRS can rescind the taxpayer’s Currently not Collectible anytime that they choose without warning. To be placed in Currently not Collectible status, a taxpayer will have to show the IRS there is not enough income to pay the IRS and meet the taxpayer’s basic necessities. Most often, Currently not Collectible (CNC) will necessitate filling out a Form 433-F (Financial Asset Form). This IRS form requires a taxpayer to list all of their income, assets and expenses. Use the IRS National Standards for personal/ food expenses and medical expenses without having to prove your actual expenses. A taxpayer will be limited to claiming the national standards on all expenses unless it is proven that a taxpayer has a special circumstance that makes their expenses higher. A taxpayer can find the National Standards on the IRS.gov website.
How does Currently not Collectible status effect how much income tax is owed?
The interest and penalties on your account continue to increase.
Can the IRS change a taxpayer’s status?
Yes, the IRS can change the taxpayer’s status at anytime. The IRS will take a look at your status every twelve (12) to twenty-four (24) months or so. The IRS will also look at any change in income.
Can the IRS really take my social security  or Social Security Disability (SSDI)?
The IRS can and will take a taxpayer’s social security retirement benefit or social security disability benefits once the IRS computer discovers that a taxpayer is receiving a government check. As a general rule the IRS will limit what they take to 15% per the Federal Payment Levy Program (FPLP). The IRS should not take Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. These benefits are considered public benefits and are usually assumed to be only enough to provide for basic necessities. Please note, the IRS can take more than 15% should a Revenue Officer issue a Manuel Levy.
Although the IRS is supposed to prevent certain very low income social security retirement and social security disability recipients from being placed in the federal payment levy program, we all know that is a rule that is often broken. This screening program is not full proof so taxpayers still may have to submit a 433-F to be put into currently not collectible status.
What if a taxpayer does not believe they owe the IRS the past due income taxes?
If a taxpayer has never received a notice of levy before, a request for a Collection Due Process hearing (CDP) is an option. A Collection Due Process (CDP) hearing will allow a financially struggling taxpayer to present evidence that the IRS should not levy on Social Security benefits. A taxpayer could also challenge the income tax debt if the taxpayer has not had a chance to challenge it before. A taxpayer might not have been able to challenge the income tax debt if the IRS did not issue the right notice or mailed the notice to the wrong place.
If a taxpayer received the notice but decided not to respond, the taxpayer cannot challenge the income tax debt in a CDP hearing. A taxpayer might be able to ask for an audit reconsideration. In an audit reconsideration, the taxpayer will tell the IRS why their decision was wrong and provide them with any evidence that will help the IRS change their mind.
If the taxpayer is Currently not Collectible should they do an Offer in Compromise?
Now we are talking about an actual permanent solution to the financially struggling taxpayers income tax problem. If the IRS has already declared the taxpayer to be unable to pay the overdue income tax debt, why not take the extra step and retire the income tax debt altogether through an IRS settlement? If a taxpayer has no assets and is relying on Social Security benefits to live on, it would behoove the taxpayer to get rid of the tax debt. Many of the same IRS rules that govern being Currently not Collectible work for the Offer in Compromise program.
During the Offer in Compromise process, the IRS must leave the taxpayer alone. That means no levies. No enforcement actions. If you have no assets and only have your Social Security, your IRS settlement should be very, very small. At the end of the Offer in Compromise process, the taxpayer will have no IRS income tax liens.
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When we receive a call from a taxpayer who is or was declared to be Currently not Collectible, we explain the settlement program this way: If you were running a marathon, would you stop running when you were 200 yards from the finish line? Of course not. Finish the race. Settle with the IRS for less.
Where can a taxpayer get IRS help if they need it?
You can receive expert IRS tax representation at Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc. We are “America’s Best & Most Affordable IRS Income Tax Relief Team.”
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Currently not Collectible – IRS Hardship Status Because a Taxpayer is Unable to Pay Income Taxes

IRS Hardship – Currently Non Collectible

IRS Hardship is for financially struggling taxpayers who are unable to pay their back income tax debt.  The technical term used by the IRS is Currently Non-Collectible (CNC) Status.

IRS Hardship Status- What Does it Mean for You?

What are the options for a taxpayer who owes the IRS for back Income taxes but is unable to pay. What are your options if the taxpayer is unable to pay the past due income tax because you have just enough money to support yourself and your family?  Once a taxpayer is declared by the IRS to be Currently not Collectible (IRS Hardship), the IRS will not take / seize your property. The IRS will not take your paycheck or wipe out your bank account while the taxpayer is in IRS Hardship (Currently not Collectible).  IRS Hardship will not remove the back income taxes that owed by a taxpayer. The financially struggling taxpayer will still owe back income taxes.  Every year the IRS will mail out a reminder letter regarding the income taxes owed.

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IRS Penalties and Interest

IRS Hardship does not stop IRS penalties and interest to accrue.  The IRS will continue to charge penalties and interest and the IRS will file a Federal Tax Lien.

IRS Hardship Status – How Long Will it Last?

IRS Hardship (Currently not Collectible) status could last up to 10 years.  Generally, the IRS has 10 years to collect overdue income taxes.  After 10 years, the IRS is suppose to remove the back taxes.  For example, if a taxpayer filed their 2009 tax return on time, back taxes for 2009 will be owed.  The IRS can collect the back taxes until 2020.  If the 2009 taxes are in IRS Hardship status, the IRS will leave the taxpayer alone. A taxpayer may be able to stay in IRS Hardship status for the next 10 years.  After 2020, the IRS will remove 2009 taxes.

The IRS will review a taxpayer’s income situation once every two years.  If the taxpayer’s income has increased, the IRS may take the taxpayer out of IRS Hardship (Currently not Collectible) status.  The IRS believes the delinquent taxpayer is better able to support themselves and pay the back income tax debt.

If A Taxpayer Has New IRS Back Income Taxes

What if a taxpayer expects to owe new taxes for this year?  The back income taxes that are owed are in IRS Hardship status.  Will the new taxes be automatically included in the IRS Hardship status?  The answer is no.  Every tax year is treated separately.  For example, you could owe back taxes for 2005 – 2008, and new taxes for 2010.  2005 – 2008 are in IRS Hardship status but 2010 is not.  The IRS can pursue the taxpayer for the new 2010 taxes but not 2005 – 2008 back taxes.

If you are in this situation, we recommend that you pursue an IRS settlement.  This should not effect your IRS Hardship status. If the IRS has declared that you are unable to pay them for the income taxes that you owe, then it’s a very important step toward having your entire income tax debt settled.

If the struggling taxpayer is unable to pay off the new taxes, the taxpayer can request to put the new tax debt in IRS Hardship status. The taxpayer can continue to be Currently not Collectible but it would be so much better to have all of the income tax debt wiped out through the Offer in Compromise program.

IRS Hardship Tax Forms

The IRS will request financial information to show that the taxpayer is an IRS Hardship.

IRS Form 433-A or IRS Form 433-F – Used for individuals or self-employed requesting IRS Hardship Status.

IRS Form 433-B – Used for C Corporations, S Corporations, and Partnerships requesting IRS Hardship Status.

Difference Between IRS Hardship and IRS Settlement

An IRS settlement through the Offer in Compromise program is a more complete solution compared to IRS Hardship. An IRS Settlement is an agreement between the IRS and the delinquent taxpayer to pay less than what is owed.  The IRS Settlement process usually takes approximately 10 months but can take as little as 6 months and as much as 24 months.  After the IRS settlement agreement is finalized, the delinquent taxpayer will be done. The taxpayer will no longer owe back income taxes.

There is a huge difference between being in IRS Hardship and proceeding with an Offer in Compromise settlement. During the Offer in Compromise process, the IRS must leave taxpayer alone. The IRS may or may not leave the taxpayer alone while in IRS Hardship status.  Also, while in IRS Hardship, the delinquent taxpayer could be dealing with their past due income taxes for the next 10 years.  Most people are uncomfortable with this.  A taxpayer should be uncomfortable with this. A taxpayer may not like the thought of owing back taxes even though the IRS is not coming after the money.

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IRS Hardship may be a better option if a taxpayer is not qualified for an IRS Settlement. But, know this, if the IRS has already declared that a taxpayer is unable to pay the overdue income taxes, it is only a “hop, skip and jump” to wiping out the income tax debt altogether.

The IRS income tax relief team at Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc. will have a taxpayer placed into IRS Hardship / Currently not Collectible status if the taxpayer is unable to pay the back income tax debt and is not qualified for an IRS Offer in Compromise settlement. The financially struggling taxpayer will still owe the back taxes but the IRS will not pursue the taxpayer. Our client will be able to take a deep breath and go about their normal everyday life. A taxpayer may stay in IRS Hardship status for the next 10 years. After 10 years, the IRS will remove the back taxes.

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Have an Income Tax Debt? Do You Owe the IRS Back Taxes? Make the IRS an Offer They Won’t Refuse

The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) has been accepting more partial settlement payment offers. The IRS settlement process can be long and involved, generally requiring taxpayers to show they’re unable to pay the full amount.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), through their Fresh Start Initiative, has made it easier for delinquent taxpayers, who are struggling financially, to cut the amount they owe on back taxes.

The IRS has a settlement program called an “offer in compromise,” which develops partial payment plans for taxpayers who can demonstrate that they face problems involving ability to pay.

The burden of proof rests with the taxpayer. It is the struggling taxpayer who needs to make a legitimate partial payment offer. Although the IRS is free to reject a settlement offer, the IRS has a financial formula that guides their decisions. While it is easier than it once was to have an offer accepted, filling out the forms is no picnic.

The average acceptance rate for taxpayers’ settlement offers, which was under 25 percent as recently as 2010, rose to 42 percent in 2013, according to the IRS. If you are qualified and eligible for an IRS settlement, then you need to take advantage of the Offer in Compromise program while you can.

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Choosing an IRS tax resolution firm can feel like a daunting task. Finding a reputable IRS tax relief team that will get you through the complicated IRS Offer in Compromise program and get you the Fresh Start that you need and deserve may feel confusing to you. It need not be. Do your research. Google the company that you are looking at. Check their Better Business Bureau record and reviews. Are their fees fair and reasonable? Will the IRS tax help team that you are considering let you extend the fee payments over 10 to 12 months?

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Taxpayers, who are struggling financially, who demonstrate that their income tax bills cannot be collected must show the IRS that they are, to put it gently, financially challenged. To receive a successful IRS settlement agreement, the taxpayer must acknowledge a tax liability and demonstrate an inability to pay all of it. You are telling and showing the IRS, “Look, you can’t get blood from a turnip.”

Your Offer in Compromise cannot be guaranteed. But, if you cannot pay your tax debt and do not have the funds to pay your income tax liability, then it becomes a matter of proving to the IRS that you deserve a Fresh Start. When the IRS does agree to an Offer in Compromise, your settlement may amount to “the deal of a lifetime.”

Our latest IRS success story had our client, from Murrieta, California, settling her $24,000 income tax debt for a grand total of $400 which was paid in 4 $100 monthly installments.

The easing of the IRS criteria for settlement offers has come in the last few years. In 2012, the IRS changed the way it calculated how much income has to go to repayment. Last year, the formula for figuring the worth of assets, which must also go toward a payment of back taxes. was liberalized.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CURRENT OFFER IN COMPROMISE RULES BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE

There has never been a better time to make an offer of settlement to the IRS. Our IRS tax relief team has seen reasonable offers, particularly ones in which the government was forgiving less than $50,000, being accepted pretty consistently.

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IRS Enforcement Collection Activity – IRS Levies – IRS Levy Stopped, Released and Avoided

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.

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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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  5. IRS Levies can be Stopped in a matter of Hours.
  6. 90% of our clients Offer in Compromise submissions have been accepted for IRS Settlement.
  7. We have Low, Affordable Fees. Fees are Clearly Posted on our Websites.
  8. Our Clients get Positive Results.

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IRS Levy on Wages – Stop an IRS Levy Today – Find Out How – Help Yourself Today

Keep the IRS from Putting a Levy on your Wages or Salary!

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DO YOU HAVE AN IRS WAGE LEVY NOW?

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If your have received an IRS Notice of Levy on Wages or if the IRS has levied your wages, flat Fee Tax Service, Inc. will help you today. The IRS has programs for people like you, financially struggling taxpayers, who owe IRS tax debt and do not have the means to pay. We can help you remove an income tax debt levy on your bank account or an IRS levy on your wages. As part of our service, our expert IRS income tax relief team, will prevent the IRS from levying your wages, even if you have received an IRS Notice of Levy on Wages. We can get you into an IRS program that reduces your overall tax debt if you qualify or get you into an installment program (a payment plan that you can live with) and protects you against IRS levies.

If you have received an IRS notice of intent to levy or if the IRS has levied your bank account or wages, we can help.

  • Our IRS Tax Attorneys negotiate with the IRS on your behalf to get you the best possible deal.
  • You pay a fraction of the actual amount due, if you qualify for an IRS Settlement.
  • Stop or remove an IRS bank levy.
  • Stop and Remove an IRS wage levy in one day.
  • We prepare and file any past due tax returns.
  • Stop penalties and interest from accruing.
  • No more threatening calls or letters from the IRS.

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2. Accredited by the Better Business Bureau. A Plus Rating. (Check out our BBB record for yourself)

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5. Affordable Fees Posted on our Websites.

6. IRS Wage Levy Stopped and Released in one Day.

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Flat Fee IRS Tax Relief – Affordable IRS Levy Help: FLORIDA IRS INCOME TAX HELP – Stop an IRS Levy – Settle with the IRS

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IRS To Struggling Taxpayers – Let’s Make A Deal – Want A Fresh Start – Now Is The Time

Are you, a financially struggling taxpayer, at loggerheads with the IRS over a tax return(s) from years ago? Your delinquent tax debt may be weighing on your mind, causing you anxiety and sleepless nights, but there’s a way you can put the matter to rest for good.

Your Fresh Start Strategy: Make the IRS an offer it can’t refuse.

The technical name given by the IRS for such a settlement arrangement is an “offer in compromise” (OIC).

The IRS is willing to go along with a settlement deal, but it won’t budge on the procedures. You must submit a formal settlement which is called an Offer in Compromise.

The IRS Tax Relief Team at Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc. has a 95% success rate because we do not lie to our clients and give them false hope. Our IRS Tax Attorneys know what the IRS will accept as a settlement of your back tax debt.

Here’s the whole story: An Offer in Compromise settlement is an agreement between a financially struggling taxpayer and the IRS. A successful Offer in Compromise will settle for less than the full amount of back tax owed. If the liability can be fully paid through a normal installment agreement or other means, the taxpayer generally isn’t eligible for an Offer in Compromise.

You must be qualified and eligible. You, the struggling taxpayer, must have filed all tax returns, made all required estimated tax payments for the current year and deposited payroll taxes for the current quarter if he or she is a business owner.

An Offer in Compromise Settlement Is A Financial Formula.

The IRS will accept an Offer in Compromise settlement if the amount offered by the taxpayer is equal to or greater than what is termed, the “reasonable collection potential” (RCP).

The RCP includes the value that may be realized from the tax­­­­payer’s assets—such as real property, automobiles, bank accounts and other property—as well as anticipated future income (less certain amounts allowed for basic living expenses).

There Are Three (3) Reasons For An Offer In Compromise.

The IRS says it may accept an OIC based on three grounds.

1. Doubt as to Liability: This ground is only met when there is a genuine dispute as to the existence or amount of the correct tax debt under the law.

2. Doubt as to Collectibility: Doubt that the amount owed is fully collectible: Such doubt exists where the taxpayer’s assets and income are less than the full amount of the tax liability.

3. Effective Tax Administration: This occurs when there’s no doubt that the tax is legally owed and that the full amount owed may be collected, but requiring payment in full would create an economic hardship or be “unfair and inequitable” under the circumstances.

THE ONLY REASON THAT YOU NEED TO BE CONCERNED WITH IS: DOUBT AS TO COLLECTIBILITY.

When submitting your Offer in Compromise (OIC) based on doubt of collectability, you must use the most current version of Form 656, Offer in Compromise.

Financial Statements: You will need to submit Form 433-A (OIC), Collection Information Statement for Wage Earners and Self-Employed Individuals, and/or Form 433-B (OIC), Collection Information Statement for Businesses.

When the IRS accepts your settlement offer, the IRS expects that you, the taxpayer, will have no further delinquencies and will fully comply with the tax laws. You will be required to file your taxes on time for five (5) straight years. If you owe the IRS any money ($), you will have to pay it with your tax return.

If you, the struggling taxpayer, doesn’t abide by all the terms and conditions of your successful Offer in Compromise settlement, the IRS may determine that your OIC is in default. If the IRS rejects your OIC, the taxpayer will be notified by mail.

Tip: The letter will explain the reason for the rejection and provide detailed instructions on how to appeal.

What does an Offer in Compromise cost?

Generally, a taxpayer must submit a $186 application fee for an OIC. Don’t combine this fee with any other tax payments. However, there are two exceptions to this requirement.

1. No application fee is required if the OIC is based on doubt as to liability.

2. The fee is not required if the taxpayer is an individual (not a corporation, partnership, or other entity) who qualifies for the low-income exception.

The latter exception applies if the taxpayer’s total monthly income falls at or below 250% of the poverty guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Tip: You may choose to pay the offer amount in a lump sum or through installment payments.

GREAT NEWS!

The IRS, in the past two (2) years, has expanded the Offer in Compromise program and has been accepting more settlements than ever before. The new rules for a successful Offer in Compromise are contained in the IRS Fresh Start Initiative.

NOW IS THE TIME TO SETTLE WITH THE IRS FOR LESS.

ARE YOU QUALIFIED AND ELIGIBLE?

Call Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc. at: 1-800-589-3078.

GET OUT OF DEBT WITH THE IRS.

Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc. will stop an IRS Levy (usually in 2 hours) and prepare your Offer in Compromise settlement for $1900.00:

1. Initial Fee of $190.00
2. 09 Monthly Fee Payments of $190.00
3. Total For Work: $1900.00

NO ONE CAN BEAT OUR AFFORDABLE FEES, MATCH OUR EXPERTISE AND MATCH OUR RECORD OF SUCCESS.

NO ONE DOES IT BETTER.

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Do Not Avoid The IRS – Protect Yourself – Fix Your IRS Tax Problem – Release IRS Levy and Seizutes

An interesting look at the importance of not ignoring the IRS comes from the IRS tax relief team at Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc., who deal with our clients IRS tax problems everyday and provide a unique perspective.

It is amazing three little letters, I-R-S, can cause a taxpayer to panic and experience anxiety. The horror stories brought about by the IRS are always a hot topic around tax time, each year. There’s a simple message at the basis of almost every IRS story — Your IRS Problem Can Be Resolved.

There is no shortage of commercials and online advertising stating this very fact and offering to help financially struggling taxpayers who are in trouble. While most struggling taxpayers tune these friendly reminders out due to procrastination, there is a worthwhile reason for taking notice and avoiding direct conflicts with the IRS.

EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK HAS 20 MILLION TAXPAYERS WITH AN IRS PROBLEM.

10 MILLION TAXPAYERS EVERY YEAR FAIL TO FILE THEIR TAX RETURNS.

While it’s always better to “stay within the lines” and not be contacted by the IRS at all, tax resolution firms specializing in tax debt relief, such as the tax relief team at Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc., know the importance of representation to avoid error, abuse and intimidation. To simply avoid the IRS is never the right option and is sure to only make matters worse.

THE IRS WILL FIND YOU.

THE IRS WILL LEVY YOU.

FLAT FEE TAX SERVICE, INC. CAN STOP AN IRS LEVY IN 1 DAY.

When the IRS sends you a collection letter, the best solution is to reach out to an experienced tax relief firm like Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc. who will maintain contact with the IRS and evaluate your best options and resolutions. Though many options exist to help quickly and efficiently resolve these problems, there’s a correct method when faced with this harsh reality. They all begin with not avoiding the IRS.

IRS Wage Levies (wage garnishment): This form of collection action can be quite embarrassing, as the employer also becomes involved. The IRS will take your money each week/month out of the paycheck to pay towards the back tax debt. This results in being without the accustomed income each month, and the feeling of complete vulnerability at the workplace. An IRS wgae levy is continuous unless stopped and released.

FLAT FEE TAX SERVICE, INC. WILL HAVE AN IRS LEVY STOPPED AND RELEASED IN 1 DAY.

IRS Liens & Levies: An IRS Lien and/or Levy will quickly make your life miserable in multiple ways. An IRS tax lien is a claim used as security for the tax debt, while a levy will actually take your paycheck, bank account or property to satisfy your back tax debt. Both of these actions should be avoided at all costs, as the short-term and long-term results that come with these public records (tax liens only) only become worse with time and will prove to be detrimental to your business and/or personal life.

IRS Penalties: IRS Penalties will include just about every situation imaginable. Most commonly, these penalties are associated with a failure to file, failure to pay, or, an accuracy related penalty. Beyond these somewhat common penalties, more severe are the Civil Penalties that focus on fraudulent behaviors and possible Criminal Prosecution, which are typically reserved for those attempting tax evasion or falsifying statements. In one tax year, the IRS issued penalties totaling $18 billion, making this big business.

IRS PENALTIES WILL DOUBLE YOUR TAX DEBT IN APPROX. 4 YEARS.

IRS Seizures: We Understand that no one wants to have their assets (paycheck, bank account, auto) seized and sold after not acknowledging the IRS, preventing the government from taking this action is vital. It’s a harsh reality, but IR Revenue Officers have the authority to seize assets and Property Appraisal and Liquidation Specialists (PALS) have the authority to sell these assets. With the legalities involved in these seizures by all involved, it’s often a last-resort when the IRS is ignored for long periods of time.

IT’S EASIER FOR THE IRS TO SIMPLY TAKE YOUR PAYCHECK OR BANK ACCOUNT.

YOU CANNOT PLAY “CATCH ME IF YOU CAN” WITH THE IRS.

YOU WILL LOSE.

A natural reaction for most people is to become intimidated by the IRS, but one of the advantages when working with professionals such as our IRS tax relief team at Flat Fee tax Service, Inc. is that we are not intimidated and we will take the time to explore all your options. Our IRS Tax Attorneys know the best way to approach these delicate subjects and become the direct point of contact with the IRS – providing a secure level of protection between you and the IRS.

FLAT FEE TAX SERVICE, INC. WILL GET YOU RIGHT SIDE UP WITH THE IRS.

While staying on the straight with the IRS is always the suggested direction, situations in life happen that will force the IRS to come knocking. In these trying situations, attempting to ignore or hide from the IRS never ends well, as penalties and interest only increase with time. In most cases however, it’s not wise to simply give in without looking at all the options, but hiding is never advised.

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3. A Plus Rating with the Better Business Bureau.
4. No Client Complaints.
5. Experienced IRS Tax Attorneys will work directly with you.
6. 90% Offer in Compromise Success.
7. IRS Wage levies Stopped and Released in 1 Day.
8. Low Affordable Fees with Monthly Arrangements.
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