The IRS offers a program called an Offer In Compromise (“OIC”). An OIC allows you to settle your tax debt for less than the full amount you owe. It may be a legitimate option if you can’t pay your full tax liability, or doing so creates a financial hardship.
With a properly completed application for an Offer In Compromise and required financial disclosures, the IRS will consider your ability to pay, income, expenses and asset equity. Only when it can be shown that the amount offered represents the most the IRS can expect to collect within a reasonable period of time will the IRS approve an OIC.
What people do not realize is that if your OIC is accepted, you are subject to certain terms over the next five years that if any term is violated the IRS reserves the right to revoke your OIC and thus put you back to where you originally started subtracting the payments made under the OIC and adding the accrual of more penalties and interest to the current date.
So it is important that anyone with an accepted OIC be aware of these terms and follow compliance:
1. You must comply with all provisions of the internal revenue laws, including requirements to timely file tax returns and timely pay taxes for the five year period beginning with the date of acceptance of the OIC and ending through the fifth year, including any extensions to file and pay. This is what I refer to as the “Five-year Probationary Period”.
2. Youmust promptly pay any liabilities assessed after acceptance of the OIC for tax years ending prior to acceptance of the OIC that were not otherwise identified in your application for an OIC.
So if your OIC included the Form 1040 liability for 2015 and later after your OIC was accepted you got audited for 2015 and that audit resulted in a liability, you would need to promptly pay that liability or else face a revocation of your OIC.
Likewise, if your OIC covered only individual income taxes and you were later assessed with unpaid employment taxes of a business, the failure to pay those new liabilities could result in a revocation of the OIC.
If the OIC was being submitted for joint tax debt, and one of the taxpayer-applicants does not comply with future obligations, only the non-compliant taxpayer will be in default of the OIC. This situation could occur where husband and wife who filed joint income tax returns and jointly secured an OIC later gets divorced and one party defaults on the OIC terms listed above.
An accepted OIC will not be defaulted solely due to the assessment of an individual shared responsibility payment made against another liable taxpayer. This situation could occur where two business owners have personal liability for unpaid employment taxes of the business and one of the owners defaults on the OIC terms listed above.
Now if you find that you cannot keep up with any of these terms, early intervention by your tax counsel with the IRS may still prevent your OIC from getting revoked. Once you receive a final determination by IRS that your OIC is revoked, any new OIC that may now be submitted will be based on your then current financial situation which if it has since improved would lead to an even higher Offer amount with no credit for what was paid under the prior OIC.
Through my years in this profession, that is a commonly asked or thought-about question.
We call these companies “Offer Mills”. These companies which have no track record or history come in and out rather quickly and are never associated with any individual willing to put his or her name to the company and what the company is supposed to be doing. This is because these companies tend to make misleading statements and guarantees that they cannot meet.
Many times these companies will not even evaluate your full financial situation at all and tell you what you want to hear just so that can make a profit from you. Also with these companies you do not know who you are dealing with or where they are at. Which is why after many consumers complain about a particular one of these companies (and post their complaints on the internet), that company will close down and open up another a new name just to make a fresh start but only to follow the same bad path.
The Law Offices Of Jeffrey B. Kahn, P.C. is a law firm specializing in resolving tax problems. When we say that you are a great candidate for an Offer In Compromise, it is because we have done a thorough evaluation of your case first. Call our office to make an appointment to meet with our principal tax attorney, Jeffrey B. Kahn, in any of our Los Angeles offices or elsewhere in California who is board certified in tax and fully evaluates your case to determine the best viable option to resolve your tax problems.
Description: The Law Offices Of Jeffrey B. Kahn, P.C. has helped many people avoid collection action by the IRS and State tax agencies. Working with a tax attorney in Los Angeles or elsewhere in California is the best bet for reducing or eliminating the amount you owe.
A taxpayer who met with a Revenue Officer at an Internal Revenue Service office on Long Island successfully sued the IRS for $862,000 after he was injured by tripping over a phone cord.
William Berroyer claimed in his lawsuit that he could no longer play golf or have intimate relations with his wife more than once a month after he fell during a 2008 conference with a Revenue Officer at an IRS office in Hauppauge, NY, according to the New York Post. He had visited the IRS to work out a payment agreement for a $60,000 tax bill when he tripped on the phone cord and fell against a cabinet.
After leaving the IRS, he telephoned the IRS Revenue Officer from the parking lot to inform him that he had lost the sense of feeling in his leg and was suffering from shoulder pain. He then spent 17 days in hospitals and rehabilitation centers recovering from his injury.
In his lawsuit he claimed $10 million in damages. Attorneys for the IRS claimed he was exaggerating his injury, but the judge ultimately awarded him $862,000 for pain and suffering. And the big prize is because this was for pain and suffering, he won’t have to pay taxes on the damages!
So now that the IRS has tucked away all their telephone cords, how can taxpayers who owe the IRS avoid collection action?
- Offer In Compromise. This is a formal application to the IRS requesting that it accept less than full payment for what you owe in taxes, interest, and penalties. An offer in compromise may allow you to settle back taxes or IRS liability at a substantial discount on the basis of doubt as to collectability, liability, or effective tax administration. In addition, while your offer is under consideration, the Internal Revenue Service is prohibited from instituting any levies of your assets and wages. Most people do not have the necessary skills or knowledge of the IRS collection process to make an offer in compromise that is in their best interest and can be processed by the IRS. Government figures show that 75% of offers are returned at the beginning due to forms being filled out incorrectly, and of the 25% that are processed, approximately 50% are rejected.
- Installment Agreement. Allows you to pay IRS debt in full in smaller, more manageable amounts, usually in equal monthly payments. The amount of your installment payment will be based on the amount you owe and your ability to pay that amount within the time available to the IRS to collect tax debt from you. However, be aware that because you are financing your liability with IRS, interest and penalties will continue to accrue. Most installment agreements are set up with level monthly payments but there are also different types and terms of installment agreements which if you qualify may be more suitable for you. The variations are not publicly offered by IRS – only a seasoned tax attorney would know to ask for them.
- Uncollectible Status. Occurs when the IRS has determined that they are presently unable to collect the taxes from the taxpayer by full payment, through an Installment Agreement or by way of an Offer in Compromise. Once the account is placed on a Currently Uncollectible (“CNC”) status, the IRS does not pursue collection activity against the taxpayer and the statute of limitations on the tax liabilities will continue to run. Generally, unless the taxpayer’s financial situation changes, the account will remain on a CNC status until the tax liabilities expire. However, if the taxpayer’s financial situation improves the account will be taken off of CNC status so that the IRS can collect the taxes through full payment or an Installment Agreement. CNC although temporary could provide interim relief to taxpayers who all of a sudden run into financial hardship.
A consultation with the Law Offices Of Jeffrey B. Kahn, P.C. can help you determine what the best strategy is for you.
Description: The Law Offices Of Jeffrey B. Kahn, P.C. has helped many people avoid collection action by the IRS and State tax agencies. Working with a tax attorney in Los Angeles is the best bet for reducing or eliminating the amount you owe.
Working with a tax lawyer in Los Angeles to reach an Offer in Compromise with the IRS is an effective tool for reducing the amount you owe in federal taxes. It can save you from dire consequences such as a lien against your property or having your wages garnished. If you are seeking an Offer in Compromise to reduce your debt and avoid a tax lien, the Law Offices Of Jeffrey B. Kahn, P.C. wants to let you know some variables that the IRS will consider when evaluating your case:
Health: If you have recurring health issues that are keeping you from earning a steady paycheck. The IRS might consider this as a factor in reducing or even eliminating the amount you owe in taxes. This may also happen if you are caring for a seriously ill dependent.
Age: People who are nearing or past retirement age will have less prospects for earning money in the future; this will mean that a tax relief attorney can sometimes successfully argue for the IRS to collect a smaller amount upfront to settle the debt since there is no guarantee of long-term future payments.
Amount of Offer: Working with a tax attorney can help you to greatly reduce the amount of your tax debt whereby you can settle for “pennies on the dollar”. Because every potential Offer In Compromise is different, an offer amount that would be suitable for one taxpayer may not be high enough for another taxpayer. That is where professional guidance from the tax attorneys at the Law Offices Of Jeffrey B. Kahn, P.C. comes in handy as we can set the balance between paying the lowest amount possible to the IRS with providing an Offer that the IRS would be interested in accepting — even though it’s for a small percentage of the total amount owed.
Effective January 1, 2014, the application fee charged by IRS to apply for an Offer In Compromise has been increased from $150.00 to $186.00.
Established by the Internal Revenue Service, the Offer in Compromise Program is a formal application to the IRS requesting that it accept less than full payment for what you owe in taxes, interest, and penalties.
An offer in compromise may allow you to settle back taxes or IRS liability at a substantial discount on the basis of doubt as to collectability, liability, or effective tax administration. In addition, while your offer is under consideration, the Internal Revenue Service is prohibited from instituting any levies of your assets and wages.
Most people do not have the necessary skills or knowledge of the IRS collection process to make an offer in compromise that is in their best interest and can be processed by the IRS. Government figures show that 75% of offers are returned at the beginning due to forms being filled out incorrectly, and of the 25% that are processed, approximately 50% are rejected.
The tax attorneys of the Law Offices Of Jeffrey B. Kahn, P.C. have extensive experience with getting Offers processed by the IRS for the lowest possible amount and secure a final acceptance with IRS.
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