Tax Settlement – How To Settle With the IRS

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Overview of IRS Forgiveness Programs

Read a broad overview of how IRS forgiveness works, as well as many options taxpayers have when they face a tax bill from the IRS they cannot pay in full. Below you will find details on specific tax forgiveness options. 


Tax Settlement Options

The IRS realizes that there are special circumstances where taxpayers should not be held liable for all of their taxes owed. As a result, there are several ways to settle for less than you owe. Here are some tax settlement options.

Offer in Compromise

An offer in compromise is when you settle taxes for less than you owe. It’s not for everyone. The process is difficult, and there are strict qualification requirements. The IRS will only accept an offer in compromise if your offer is equal to or greater than the amount the agency would be able to collect using forced collection mechanisms (seizing assets, garnishing wages, etc.).

Penalty Abatement

Penalty abatement is when the IRS forgives penalties. This is a very common method for settling taxes for less than you owe. In fact, about a third of all IRS penalties are removed at a later date.

Partial Payment Installment Agreement

A Partial Payment Installment Agreement is when you make payments based on what you can afford rather than the monthly amount required to satisfy the taxes in full before the CSEDs expire. The balance gets reduced as the statute of collections comes into effect. Under that statute of limitations on taxes expires after a certain period of time (generally 10 years from the date it is assessed). As the expiration date hits, that tax amount owed is erased, and you are no longer responsible for it.

Why pay the taxes owed if it is just going to expire? Because setting up a payment plan stops the IRS from taking enforced collection actions like the seizure of assets, garnishing your wages, or taking your passport.

Innocent Spouse Relief

Innocent spouse relief is available to taxpayers who have filed jointly with their spouse or former spouse. Normally, both spouses are liable for all tax, penalties, and interest, but there are some rare situations where it’s unfair to hold both spouses liable. If you qualify, the IRS still holds the spouse liable, but you aren’t responsible.

IRS Tax Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy can sometimes eliminate taxes owed. You can eliminate certain taxes through Chapter 7, but it depends on the age of the taxes and several other factors. Bankruptcy is not always the best option if you solely looking at it to discharge taxes. Consequently, it generally negatively impacts your credit and forces you to liquidate assets. If you are considering this option, contact a bankruptcy attorney.

Tax Settlement Services

If you are looking for tax settlement either for IRS or state taxes, call to have a tax professional analyze your financial situation. They can help you figure out which option is best for your situation. There are many different types of tax settlements. It helps to consult with a licensed tax professional. At TaxCure we have a large network of professionals from around the country that specialize in various tax problems and solutions. You can start your search below by selecting the agency or agencies you have problems with and find the top professionals that can help with your unique problems.


Disclaimer: The content on this website is for educational purposes only and does not serve as legal or tax advice. For specific advice regarding your tax situation, contact a licensed tax professional or tax attorney.

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