You are not helpless. There are IRS tax relief strategies that can help improve and solve your situation.
1. An Offer In Compromise
Many taxpayers qualify for the IRS Offer in Compromise program. If you qualify, this program gives you the opportunity to settle a tax liability for far less than the total amount owed. A tax resolution specialist is able to calculate if a taxpayer can qualify for an OIC.
The IRS can grant abatement and remove penalties or interest if there is a legitimate reason for not paying taxes on time. Penalties and interest can comprise a large percentage of the overall tax debt, sometimes as high as 50% or more. A taxpayer should consult with a tax resolution specialist to see if they are a candidate for abatement.
3. Wage Garnishment Removal
The IRS can garnish a taxpayer’s wages until the tax debt is paid in full. It is important to act quickly to stop or release this type of levy. The taxpayer should seek help from a tax resolution expert who can develop a strategy to reduce or release the wage garnishment.
4. Stopping A Bank Levy
A bank levy is another form of legal seizure of property by the IRS to satisfy a tax liability. A bank levy freezes an amount available in your checking or savings account and sends it to the IRS in 21 days. It is advisable to work with a tax resolution expert to resolve your tax problem quickly with a goal of getting a release of levy.
5. Filing Delinquent Tax Returns
A taxpayer cannot successfully resolve a tax problem unless they file all previously unfiled tax returns. Often the IRS files a “substitute for return” which does not include any deductions owed to the taxpayer. Filing a first time or an amended tax return can often obtain those deductions and lower a taxpayer’s tax liability.
6. Optimizing An Installment Agreement
The most common IRS tax debt solution, for taxpayers with enough assets or income, is an installment agreement. The taxpayer should consult with a tax resolution specialist to develop a plan which fits their specific case. A properly structured installment plan can reduce the total amount to be paid.
7. Managing The Statute Of Limitations
The IRS has 10 years from the date of assessment of taxes to collect all taxes, penalties and interest from a taxpayer. A tax resolution specialist can help the taxpayer reduce an overall tax liability by managing the debt with an eye on the 10 year statute of limitations.
When two individuals file a joint tax return, typically each is liable for the tax debt. Occasionally the tax liability is the responsibility of just one individual. There are three categories of innocent spouse relief in which a taxpayer may qualify for tax relief.
9. Filing An Appeal
Every taxpayer has the right to appeal an IRS tax ruling. An advantage to filing appeal is the IRS will typically suspend their efforts at collecting the tax debt. This reprieve gives the taxpayer time to meet with a tax resolution expert to develop a defense.
10. Currently Not Collectible
If you have no assets or income above that which is necessary to cover living expenses you become currently not collectible. Collections against you will temporarily stop. This is a temporary form of relief.