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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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How Much Money will the IRS Settle For | Flat Fee Tax Service

The average amount that the IRS settles for in an offer in compromise is currently $6,629.  Sounds good, does it not? If only an IRS settlement was that easy, every taxpayer would be submitting IRS settlements, right?

These are the facts. In 2014, the IRS received 68,000 offers in compromise from taxpayers. The IRS accepted 27,000 of those settlement offers. The IRS accepted 40% of the settlement offers submitted.

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The total amount accepted in all Offers in Compromise in 2014 was $179 million which is an average income tax settlement of $6,629.

The above statistics do not mean that a financially struggling taxpayer will settle with the IRS for that amount, or that there is a 40% chance your IRS settlement offer will be accepted.

The IRS uses a very specific and complicated formula in determining the settlement value of an Offer in Compromise and whether or not to accept or reject it.  Your success depends on how a taxpayer fits into the IRS formula.

The Offer in Compromise program formula works like this:

  1. The IRS will figure out how much they think that a taxpayer can pay them every month in an installment agreement. They do this by asking for your pay stubs or, if you are self-employed, a recent profit and loss statement from your business.
  2. The IRS wants to know about your monthly living expenses.  Some of those expenses such as your housing and utilities, car payment(s) and food/clothing will subject to IRS limitations. The IRS calls these limitations Collection Financial Standards, often referred to as allowable living expenses. The IRS is trying to create more cash flow than the struggling taxpayer will actually have by limiting the expenses to amounts the IRS thinks are reasonable.

The taxpayer’s monthly income, minus the allowable living expenses, equals the taxpayer’s monthly cash flow.  The IRS is going to put a value on the cash flow for purposes of determining the Offer in Compromise settlement value.

If the taxpayer can pay the IRS the offered settlement within five months after acceptance, the IRS values your monthly cash flow by multiplying it by a factor of 12. $200 of monthly cash flow will equate to an offered settlement valuation of $2,400.

If the taxpayer is unable to pay the settlement in full within five months, the IRS will grant you 24 months payment terms. However, your monthly cash flow ($200/month in our example) would be multiplied by a factor of 24, increasing the settlement offer to $4,800. The IRS will give the taxpayer a discount for paying the IRS the offered settlement sooner rather than later.

After determining the value of the settlement offer, the IRS will then turn to a valuation of the taxpayer’s assets, and add that to the value of your cash flow.  How much is your “stuff” worth?  Your car, house, retirement plan?  Subtract any loans to arrive at equity, and in most cases, reduce that by 20% to get to your IRS valuation.

Add your cash flow (multiplied by a factor of 12 or 24) to your asset value, and you have your proposed IRS settlement amount.

The taxpayer’s success with an offer in compromise is based on a full understanding of the IRS investigative process into the income, living expenses and assets of the taxpayer. It is not a one size fits all situation. The amount of one taxpayer’s settlement has no bearing on the success of another taxpayer.  The IRS does not have a set percentage of settlement to the amount owed.  

The taxpayer’s settlement offer depends on convincing the IRS that your financial situation is dismal and that the IRS will never get paid after applying their internal guidelines.

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IRS Wage Garnishment | Los Angeles California | Flat Fee Tax Service

LOS ANGELES – HAVE AN INCOME TAX DEBT?

CALIFORNIA – HAVE AN IRS TAX LEVY PROBLEM?

If a taxpayer does not take action to remedy back tax problems, the IRS issue a levy order and an employer will be legally obligated to garnish and seize a taxpayer’s paycheck until such time that either the income tax debt is paid off or the struggling taxpayer resolves the tax debt problem in some other way.

Unlike an IRS bank levy, an IRS wage garnishment is continuous. In other words, an IRS income tax wage levy (garnishment) will not be stopped, released and removed by the IRS until such time that the tax debt is satisfied or resolved in some way.

Also, please note that states, like California, will also issue a wage garnishment to collect tax debt. In fact, the State of California Franchise Tax Board has a very proactive and aggressive program to collect any back taxes that the State of California is owed.

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An IRS wage levy (also called garnishment) is the inevitable result of underlying back income tax problems. The purpose and goal of Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc. are to solve a struggling taxpayer’s income tax problem, once and for all. Our team of IRS tax professionals will stop the IRS wage garnishment in one (1) day.

The big picture solution will involve the resolution of the entire income tax problem. After the IRS levy is released, stopped and removed, our client will have a tax debt that still needs to be remedied.

Many taxpayers with an income tax problem, will have unfiled missing tax returns. Our team will make sure to get the taxpayer’s back tax returns are prepared and filed right away so that the taxpayer becomes compliant (rights are restored) with the income tax laws.  Our IRS Tax Attorneys will protect our client’s interests. Our clients will have reached a reasonable payment plan, be placed into Currently not Collectible status with IRS or, better yet, will reduce the income tax debt through an Offer in Compromise (IRS settlement).

If a taxpayer receives an enforcement letter from the IRS or the taxpayer’s employer informs he/she regarding a wage garnishment, it is important that Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc. be contacted immediately. You have a very short time frame (when is the next payday?) to take action to stop, release and remove aggressive IRS collection seizure. The experienced IRS tax professionals at Flat Fee Tax Service will take charge and have the IRS wage garnishment (tax levy) stopped, released and removed in 1 day.

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IRS Fresh Start | Offer in Compromise | Flat Fee Tax Service

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 tax professionals at Flat Fee Tax Service 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!

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.

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

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