It's no secret that millions of taxpayers struggle to pay their taxes. The IRS is unyielding when it comes to collecting money, they think is theirs, so if you're facing back taxes owed the federal government highly advises seeking assistance as soon as possible before they resort to aggressive measures like taking money out of your bank accounts and seizing wages or property.
The IRS offers several different payment plans to help taxpayers pay off their tax debt. These plans include:
1. Guaranteed Installment Agreement: This plan is available to taxpayers who owe $10,000 or less in taxes. The taxpayer must agree to pay the debt in full within three years and must have filed all required tax returns. No financials are required.
2. Streamlined Installment Agreement: This plan is available to taxpayers who owe $50,000 or less in taxes. The taxpayer must agree to pay the debt in full within 72 months and must have filed all required tax returns. Generally, you do not need to provide financial information to the IRS.
3. Partial Payment Installment Agreement: This plan is available to taxpayers who owe more than $50,000 in taxes. The taxpayer must agree to pay a portion of the debt over the statutory period which remains on the account, generally within 10 years of date of assessment and must have filed all required tax returns. Full financial disclosure is required and most likely a lien will be filed.
4. Extended or Flexible Payment Plan: This plan is available to taxpayers who owe up to $250,000 in taxes and are unable to pay the debt within 72 months. The taxpayer must agree to pay 100% of the debt over a longer period of time, up to 120 months. No financial information is required, however, a lien may be filed.
5. Currently Not Collectible: This plan is available to taxpayers who are unable to pay their taxes due to financial hardship. The taxpayer's account will be placed on hold for a period of time, during which the IRS will not take any collection action. Interest and penalties continue to accrue. Financials are required and a lien may be filed.
6. Offer in Compromise: This program is available to taxpayers who are unable to pay the full amount of taxes owed and are unable to pay through an installment agreement. The taxpayer may be able to settle their debt for less than the full amount owed. Many times, for a fraction of what’s owed. There are strict eligibility requirements and full financial disclosure is required.
Taxpayers should consult with a tax professional to determine the best payment plan for their specific situation.
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Failing to address IRS tax debt can be a costly mistake. Interest compounds daily, like credit card debts, and the amount owed often doubles every several years due in part to penalties and interest. Now is the time to take charge of your finances by addressing this head-on before it spirals out of control. The IRS Installment Agreement can be a great option for taxpayers who can’t pay the IRS off lump sum.
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