This is the last part of a three part series of blogs on IRS payment arrangements. While most taxpayers utilize an installment agreement to pay their tax debt, other payment arrangements exist for taxpayers to utilize in the settlement of their outstanding tax debt. Here are some other types of arrangements that are useful in paying delinquent taxes:
Currently not collectible (CNC) status
The IRS may place a taxpayer’s account in currently not collectible status. If a taxpayer owes more than $10,000, the IRS will file a tax lien, but it will cease collection activity. CNC is a temporary status which the IRS regularly reevaluates, usually on an annual basis.
This is part two of a series of blogs on IRS payment arrangements. Most taxpayers utilize an installment agreement to pay their tax debt for obvious reasons. Such an arrangement allows monthly intermittent payments at an affordable amount, while addressing the issue with some forward resolution. The IRS charges a modest setup fee for an installment agreement.
Individual taxpayers must complete and mail Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request and Form 433-F, Collection Information Statement before entering into any installment agreement. Taxpayers then make monthly payments usually by direct debit or payroll deduction. Interests and late-payment penalties continue to accrue during the installment period, but the late-payment penalty is cut in half for any month an installment agreement is in effect.
This is the first part of a multiple part series on IRS payment arrangements. This blog will discuss some general points of IRS payment arrangements while future blogs will deal with their individual details.
Individuals whot cannot pay their tax debt within a reasonable time frame may request to make monthly payment arrangement with the IRS to satisfy their tax bill. There are several options, including an IRS installment agreement. As long as the tax debt is paid in full, taxpayers can avoid the penalties and interests associated with their tax debt. It is essential to know that before applying for any payment agreement, a taxpayer must file all required tax returns.
Many of life’s events such as losing a job, foreclosure of a home or even forgiveness of a debt impact the payment of taxes. The tax law offers hope in these situations. As an example, if a taxpayer’s income decreases, he or she may be eligible for certain tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. In this blog, We will present a list of quick answers to life event situations that have a potential impact on an individual’s tax burden. For more information see our blogs: Part 1 – What If: Job Related Life Events and Struggling Taxpayers; and Part 2 – What If: Debt Related Life Events and Struggling Taxpayers.
Taxpayers that qualify may take advantage of the federal “Offer in Compromise” program to resolve and settle their tax problems. The Offer in Compromise (“OIC”) program is not for every taxpayer and the IRS advises that taxpayers explore all other payment options before applying for an OIC. An experienced tax professional is absolutely essential in all steps of the process of formulating, making, and awaiting the IRS to accept, an OIC.
Taxpayers that have tax liabilities they are currently unable to pay, have options. A knowledgeable and experienced tax attorney can assist and inform taxpayers of all of the options available to settle tax debt. First and foremost, taxpayers should take action as soon as possible, and still file their tax return even if they cannot pay their tax bill in full. The IRS charges penalties and daily interest on unpaid tax bills, thus waiting only increases overall tax liability. After determining and estimating what, if anything, they can pay to settle their tax liability, taxpayers have the following options: