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An Offer in Compromise is an IRS tax Settlement: The good, the bad, and the ugly.

There are many positives and negatives to deciding whether an Offer in Compromise is the right next-step in resolving your IRS debt.

One thing is for sure:  An Offer in Compromise (a/k/a OIC) is not a one-size-fits-all affair.  There are many factors to think about before attempting to settle with the IRS.

A successful tax settlement can put a smile on your face and have you jumping for joy (the IRS said yes and your tax debts are over!).

Or, like “all things IRS” the IRS, an Offer in Compromise (OIC) can leave you a little frustrated as it requires an understanding of how to navigate though the IRS settlement guidelines that often have no fairness or reason.

What you want, though, is to know what to expect, and to make a fully informed decision about whether the IRS compromise process is right for you.

Here, then, are the good, the bad, and the ugly of an Offer in Compromise:

The Good:

  • An OIC can be as advertised – a fresh start from your IRS debt.
  • No more looking over your shoulder with fear of an IRS seizure of your wages or bank accounts.
  • Improved credit score – after an offer in compromise is complete, the IRS will release all tax liens filed against you.
  • IRS collections are put on hold while the Offer in Compromise is investigated. After acceptance, you will have peace from IRS certified mail letters, visits from IRS Revenue Officers and wondering what’s around the corner.
  • You have put the IRS behind you and can buy a house, a car, and save for retirement.

    The Bad or not so good:
  • The IRS will do a comprehensive investigation of your finances before settling, requiring completion of their Form 433A or 433B to disclose your income, expenses and assets.
  • You will have to tell the IRS where you work and bank, and list your assets, including your house, cars, valuables and retirement accounts.
  • Verification will be required, including an IRS review of your paystubs, tax returns, bank statements, business profit and loss, and proof of payment of your monthly bills.
  • While an Offer in Compromise is being reviewed, the IRS timeline to collect from you (10 years), stops running. In that regard, it can be a bad idea to try to settle when only a few years remaining for the IRS to collect.
  • After acceptance, the IRS will put you on a five year probation, requiring full compliance in filing and payment of all taxes.  Not performing to IRS expectations going forward will default the settlement.

    The Ugly (Not all that ugly)
  • An Offer in Compromise is not a quick fix – a settlement offer can take the IRS a minimum of 9-12 months to investigate, with another 6 months if appeal is needed; the IRS then allows 5-24 months to pay the tax settlement.
  • The IRS has guidelines that can impose their will over yours on budgeting matters. Making credit card payments, or have a high monthly mortgage or car loan?  Forget it, the IRS may want that money in their settlement calculations.
  • If the IRS determines they can collect the amount you owe, your settlement offer will be turned down (with appeal rights).
  • The IRS does not have an open door policy on offers.  It is not a handshake deal – the settlement amount is not based on fairness but collectibility of the debt.
  • The IRS most recently rejected 60% of the offers it received, consisting of 41,000 rejections out of 68,000 submissions.

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It is easy to be lead to believe how simple it all is.  And make no mistake, an Offer in Compromise can be a wonderful way to rid yourself for good of the IRS.  But like the Clint Eastwood film, you need to know the good, the bad and the ugly to make sure that an OIC is the right move for you.

And keep in mind that there are other tax relief options – a settlement compromise is not the only way to clear the IRS out of your life.  The IRS can agree that you owe the tax debt but not force you to repay it (known as being Currently not Collectible, where the IRS puts you in their bad debt category and leave you alone). The IRS has 10 years to collect taxes – maybe you let the time frame expire (Statute of Limitations) rather than compromising.

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The IRS current effort to help struggling taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service announced in 2011 a series of new steps to help taxpayers can get a fresh start with their overdue income tax liabilities. In fact, the IRS program is called “the Fresh Start Initiative.”

The goal of the IRS is to help individuals and small businesses meet their tax obligations, without adding unnecessary burden to taxpayers. Specifically, the IRS is announcing new policies and programs to help taxpayers pay back taxes and avoid tax liens.

The IRS Fresh Start Initiative centers on the IRS making important changes to its lien filing practices that will lessen the negative impact on taxpayers. The changes include:

  • Significantly increasing the dollar threshold when federal income tax liens are generally issued, resulting in fewer tax liens.
  • Making it easier for taxpayers to obtain tax lien withdrawals after paying a tax debt.
  • Withdrawing federal income tax liens in most cases where a taxpayer enters into a Direct Debit Installment Agreement.
  • Creating easier access to IRS Installment Agreements for more struggling small businesses.
  • Expanding a streamlined Offer in Compromise program to cover more taxpayers.

“These steps are in the best interest of both taxpayers and the tax system,” Shulman (former IRS Commissioner) said. “People will have a better chance to stay current on their taxes and keep their financial house in order. We all benefit if that happens.”

This is another in a series of steps to help struggling taxpayers. In 2008, the IRS announced federal income tax lien relief for people trying to refinance or sell a home. In 2009, the IRS added new flexibility for taxpayers facing payment or collection problems.

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Federal Income Tax Lien Thresholds

The IRS will significantly increase the dollar thresholds when federal income tax liens are generally filed. The new dollar amount is in keeping with inflationary changes since the number was last revised. Currently, federal income tax liens are automatically filed at certain dollar levels for people with past-due balances.

The IRS plans to review the results and impact of the federal income tax lien threshold change in about a year.

A federal income tax lien gives the IRS a legal claim to a taxpayer’s property for the amount of an unpaid tax debt. Filing a Notice of Federal Tax Lien is necessary to establish priority rights against certain other creditors. Usually, the government is not the only creditor to whom the taxpayer owes money.

A federal income tax lien informs the public that the U.S. government has a claim against all property, and any rights to property, of the taxpayer. This includes property owned at the time the notice of lien is filed and any acquired thereafter. A lien can affect a taxpayer’s credit rating, so it is critical to arrange the payment of taxes as quickly as possible.

“Raising the lien threshold keeps pace with inflation and makes sense for the tax system,” Shulman said. “These changes mean tens of thousands of people won’t be burdened by liens, and this step will take place without significantly increasing the financial risk to the government.”

Federal Income Tax Lien Withdrawals

The IRS will also modify procedures that will make it easier for taxpayers to obtain lien withdrawals.

Federal Income tax liens will now be withdrawn once full payment of taxes is made if the taxpayer requests it. The IRS has determined that this approach is in the best interest of the government.

In order to speed the withdrawal process, the IRS will also streamline its internal procedures to allow collection personnel to withdraw the federal income tax lien.

Direct Debit Installment Agreements and Federal Income Tax Liens

The IRS is making other fundamental changes to liens in cases where taxpayers enter into a Direct Debit Installment Agreement (DDIA). For taxpayers with unpaid assessments of $25,000 or less, the IRS will now allow lien withdrawals under several scenarios:

  • Federal income tax lien withdrawals for taxpayers entering into a Direct Debit Installment Agreement.
  • The IRS will withdraw a federal income tax lien if a taxpayer on a regular Installment Agreement converts to a Direct Debit Installment Agreement.
  • The IRS will also withdraw federal income tax liens on existing Direct Debit Installment agreements upon a taxpayer request.

Federal Income tax liens will be withdrawn after a probationary period demonstrating that direct debit payments will be honored. The probationary period is usually three (3) months.

In addition, this lowers user fees and saves the government money by mailing monthly payment notices. Taxpayers can use the Online Payment Agreement application on IRS.gov to set-up with Direct Debit Installment Agreements.

“We are trying to minimize the burden on taxpayers while collecting the proper amount of tax,” Shulman said. “We believe taking away taxpayer burden makes sense when a taxpayer has taken the proactive step of entering a direct debit agreement.”

IRS Installment Agreements and Small Businesses

The IRS will also make streamlined Installment Agreements available to more small businesses. The payment program will raise the dollar limit to allow additional small businesses to participate.

Small businesses with $25,000 or less in unpaid tax can participate. Currently, only small businesses with under $10,000 in liabilities can participate. Small businesses will have 24 months to pay.

The streamlined Installment Agreements will be available for small businesses that file either as an individual or as a business. Small businesses with an unpaid assessment balance greater than $25,000 would qualify for the streamlined Installment Agreement if they pay down the balance to $25,000 or less.

Small businesses will need to enroll in a Direct Debit Installment Agreement to participate.

“Small businesses are an important part of the nation’s economy, and the IRS should help them when we can,” Shulman said. “By expanding payment options, we can help small businesses pay their tax bill while freeing up cash flow to keep funding their operations.”

The IRS Settlement – Offer in Compromise

The IRS is also expanding a new streamlined Offer in Compromise (OIC) program to cover a larger group of struggling taxpayers.

This streamlined Offer in Compromise (OIC) is being expanded to allow taxpayers with annual incomes up to $100,000 to participate.

The Offer in Compromise (OIC) is subject to acceptance based on a complicated financial formula. An offer in compromise is a settlement agreement between a financially struggling taxpayer and the IRS that settles the taxpayer’s income tax liabilities for less than the full amount owed. Generally, an offer will not be accepted if the IRS believes that the income tax liability can be paid in full as a lump sum or through a payment agreement. The IRS looks at the taxpayer’s income and assets to make a determination regarding the taxpayer’s ability to pay.

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Owing the IRS back income taxes can feel like you’re in the path of a severe storm, with no shelter in sight. When a distressed, financially struggling taxpayer is drowning in IRS income tax debt, that harsh reality that can be settled with proper income tax relief. Flat Fee Tax Service provides IRS income tax help to financially struggling taxpayers in San Diego, throughout California and nationwide at low, affordable fees.

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The IRS will be aggressive when it comes to the enforcement of collecting back income tax debt, The IRS must cooperate with you if your IRS tax relief team seeks an IRS back taxes settlement through the proper programs and methods. Hiring an experienced IRS Tax Attorney may seem very confusing and intimidating, but it is crucial if you want the very best outcome. The IRS Tax Attorneys at Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc.have the experience, knowledge, and skills to interpret the complex IRS regulation and protect your rights. Our team of committed IRS tax attorneys knows the ins-and-outs of the IRS, and also have years of real-life experience applying our knowledge to each of our client’s unique needs.

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IRS Payment plans, or installment agreements, allow you to pay off all or most of your IRS back taxes through manageable, monthly installments. You are eligible for a full payment plan, which satisfies the complete debt amount if you owe less than $25,000. Though, our tax debt attorneys have experience in achieving full payment plans for some clients who owe more than $25,000. A partial payment plan is generally the next option if you are not eligible for the full payment plan. Though this plan does not satisfy all of the back tax debt, it certainly allows you to pay off most of it.

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Offer in Compromise (OIC) – The IRS Fresh Start Initiative

An Offer in Compromise (OIC) is the most desirable tax resolution settlement as it allows you to pay off your entire back tax balance for significantly less than you owe. Currently, the IRS is approving 42% of all the settlement offers submitted. 95% of the clients of Flat Fee Tax Service have been settling their back income tax debts. The IRS must be shown that you do not have the ability to pay your income tax debt or you will not be granted an IRS settlement (OIC). Fortunately for you, the qualifying guidelines were recently broadened and more taxpayers are now eligible. Our tax debt attorneys will be able to quickly review your case to determine if an Offer in Compromise (OIC) could be granted to you. During our initial consultation, our IRS tax relief team can normally determine if you are eligible and qualified to settle with the IRS.

Currently Not Collectible Status (CNC)

Being declared Currently not Collectible (CNC) is another attractive option that our IRS tax attorneys are frequently able to achieve for our clients. This puts a temporary hold on all IRS back tax collections and enforcement that may become permanent if there is no change to your income or assets. To be eligible, you must be able to show that repaying the IRS through installments or in full would restrict you from paying for necessities, such as food, shelter, auto payments, utilities, health insurance, etc.

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If your have received an IRS Notice to Levy on Wages or if the IRS has levied your wages, Flat Fee Tax Service has the tax professionals that 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.

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On  4/12/12, Lawrence J. of Joshua Tree, California contacted our IRS tax relief team at Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc. Lawrence J. was suffering from an IRS wage levy and had an IRS tax debt of $44,500. During his free and confidential consultation, Lawrence was provided with an action plan to resolve his IRS tax burden. Lawrence J. decided to become a client of Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc.

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Lawrence J. of Joshua Tree, California has received an IRS settlement approval. Lawrence J. will pay the IRS $900 of his $44,500 IRS back tax debt and he will be settled in full. Lawrence J. will have to file his taxes on time for the next 5 years and pay the IRS should he owe money for any of those years. If he does that, he will be “home free.”

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