Failure to Pay Taxes
If you owe money to the IRS but can’t pay, there are several options available to you depending on your circumstances. One of the most important things is to start paying you current taxes first. You must be all caught up with filing your income tax returns and paying your current taxes before most of these remedies are available to you.
Here are some of the options the IRS provides to taxpayers who owe money. Whether these are applicable to you depends on your circumstances.
- Installment plan
This is where you work out a payment arrangement with the IRS. There are several forms of agreements, including regular, partial-pay, and streamlined. Which one you should use is highly dependent upon your current financial situation and the amount you owe.
An offer in compromise is where the IRS agrees to accept less than the full amount owed. The IRS does not have to accept an Offer, but if the Offer is presented so that it meets the IRS guidelines, it increases the chance that the IRS accepts the Offer to resolve the outstanding balance.
Not all tax professionals know the ins and outs of preparing an Offer that has a good chance of getting accepted. It’s important to look for a professional who has an excellent track record of getting Offers accepted by the IRS.
- “Currently Not Collectible” status
This status allows you to defer your debt. The debt does not go away; you still owe the IRS money. But you’ll stop the process of getting your bank accounts levied or other collection efforts if you are granted this status. This often happens when you don’t have enough income to cover your current living expenses. Once your income rises, the IRS will re-evaluate your situation.
Bankruptcy can be extremely useful to stop IRS collection efforts, potentially discharge income taxes that are old enough, and force repayment plans on an otherwise unwilling IRS. Tax penalties may also be discharged through the bankruptcy. Since this is such a complex area, your best bet is to consult with several professionals – an accountant, a tax resolution professional, and an attorney that is expert at bankruptcy issues.
Solutions for Resolving Your IRS Debt
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