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Does the IRS Offer One Time Forgiveness?

Does the IRS Offer One Time Forgiveness?

IRS One Time Forgiveness

Yes, the IRS does offers one time forgiveness, also known as an offer in compromise, the IRS’s debt relief program. Have tax debt and wondering if one time forgiveness can help? If so, this post should help! Read below about programs the IRS has to help resolve your tax debt and what Tax Debt Advisors can do to help you get it done easily.

Does The IRS Offer A Tax Debt Relief Program?

The short answer is “Yes“! At any given time, there are nearly 1 million U.S taxpayers that owe the IRS. Although the IRS attempts to collect every cent that taxpayers owe the government, the reality is that they just do not have the resources for pursuing every individual person in debt. However, IRS collections remains a very stressful situation.

The IRS has tax debt relief programs, like the Fresh Start Program, available that taxpayers can take advantage of when owing back taxes. These programs not only provide a little help towards taxpayers, but it lightens the IRS’s workload. You may not be required to pay the entire amount owed, good news right?

Tax Debt Forgiveness

There are commercials that come on late at night promising to get you out of debt with tax debt forgiveness, even when thousands are owed to the IRS. Although, the reality is there is no straight debt forgiveness program.

Although, depending on the criteria of your situation you may be able to wipe your tax debt, set up an offer in compromise or payback with an installment agreement. For instance, by law the IRS is unable to collect a debt older than 10 years. Therefore, if your tax debt is from over 10 years ago, it should be forgiven, as the government is not legally able to collect the debt.

In addition, the IRS typically does not collect a debt with a low Realistic Collection Potential (RCP). An account is stated to have low RCP if the following factors are true:

  • Low income amount
  • No way to make payments
  • No assets that can be sized or liquidated, such as real estate or bank accounts

If any of the above criteria are met, you may find that your account is marked RCP. Although this is not technically a debt forgiveness, the IRS simply does not attempt to collect the debt owed, usually.

Also, the Non-Collectable Status restricts the IRS from collecting a debt, similar to the RCP. What this means is, you do not have the assets or money available to pay the debt. This program was designed with the concept of providing taxpayers enough time to earn the money or get a higher income to pay on the debt.

Can The IRS Collect After 10 Years?

No“, once a non-collectible account reaches the 10-year mark, the debt can’t be collected. In some situations non-collectible status collides with the amount of time the IRS is able to legally collect the debt. Therefore, once a Non-Collectable account reaches the 10-year mark, the debt can no longer be demanded by the IRS.

Finally, when a taxpayer files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the IRS is unable to pursue a debt collection against the individual. Although rare, there are situations where bankruptcy allows for tax debt forgiveness.

The IRS cannot make contact with you or try to collect on a debt during a pending case. If a court rules a tax debt has to be forgiven, the IRS is no longer able to pursue future action against the past tax debt.

What Is The Fresh Start Program With The IRS?

The Fresh Start Program is a collection alternative that allows individuals and businesses, in most cases, to settle their tax debt for less than they owe. This makes it easier for back tax payers to settle their tax debt and get a fresh start. Although, the required criteria to get debt fully erased can be very time consuming and stringent. For those wanting to settle debts in a timelier manner, the IRS’ Fresh Start Program is an option.

Under the Fresh Start Program, the Partial Payment Installment Agreement option is the most used. With the PPIA you are allowed to setup an affordable payment plan for your account, which runs until the debt is fully paid or the debt account has reached the 10-year mark.

IRS Fresh Start Program Qualifications

  • Must be unemployed for 30 consecutive days
  • If you are filing a joint return, you/spouse must meet 1 of the qualifications
  • Self-employed individuals with a drop in income of 25% or more
  • Tax debt must be less than $50,000

Read more about IRS Fresh Start Qualifications

Offer In Compromise Allows To Negotiate With The IRS

Another option you may also choose to pursue an Offer in Compromise, which enables you to settle a debt. The following factors are used to determine if an account qualifies:

  • Are in compliance with IRS
  • Owe new debt
  • Cannot or have no intention to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy
  • Never turned down for OIC before

You can use the IRS website to file for an Offer In Compromise, or have a tax professional like Tax Debt Advisors assist you with the process. You can check the IRS website to see if your qualify for OIC

The IRS acknowledges that they are unable to collect every amount of a delinquent account, with nearly a million taxpayers owing a debt. You have the potential for having your debt reduced, or possibly erased with one of the several debt relief programs available.

Installment Agreements Allow You To Set Up A Payment Plan

Most of the time the IRS will allow you to set up an installment agreement in order to pay back your tax debt over time. The terms of your payback agreement are determined by your budget to pay each month, how much you own and your previous filing history. 

Before you accept any repayment plan, make sure that you can afford to pay it on time, every time. Late payments or missing payments can get your agreement canceled and you will have to start over again. You can only get installment agreement if you own less than $50,000 in 2017 and the maximum payback period is 6 years. 

IRS Fresh Start Program Reviews

Scott Allen at Tax Debt Advisors Inc. has successfully represented me for the last 5 years. He has completely held the IRS off and successfully negotiated on my behalf. He is also done my tax returns at a very reasonable price saving me even more money. I highly recommend Scott and his highly capable staff! Bob R

Scott Allen is a true professional that can work for you to resolve your tax issues with integrity, knowledge and experience. I came to Scott after working for years with other tax professionals and listening way too much to the advice of family and acquaintances. During my initial meeting with Scott we were able to establish a plan to effectively resolve the tax debt that I had. Scott treated me with respect and understanding of my situation while detailing what works versus the falsehoods so many profess. Scott also performed within the time frame that I required. I am so satisfied with Scott’s work that he now handles all of my annual tax returns going forward. Robert M

Have Your Debt Reduced Today With Tax Debt Advisors

Need help with wiping out your old tax debt? Tax Debt Advisors has helped resolve over 108,000 debts. Receive a tax debt consultation today by giving Scott a call today at 480-926-9300. Tax Debt Advisors can help negotiate an offer in compromise on your behalf to finally settle your tax debt. 

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Tax Debt Advisors can Stop IRS Levy in Arizona

How to Stop IRS Levy in Arizona ?

If you need to stop IRS levy in Arizona it is important to react promptly. The IRS will move towards levy or garnishment action as a last resort if they feel there is no other option and the taxpayer isn’t being responsive. This is where hiring the right professional to be on your side will help. Tax Debt Advisors is a family company trained to specifically handle serious IRS cases that involves back taxes owed, unfiled tax returns, and negotiating settlements.

Stop the Internal Revenue Service before they put a stop to your wages. Clarence was in serious threat of an IRS levy. All of his back and current taxes were filed, he just needed to negotiate a settlement with them ASAP.  Tax Debt Advisors was able to get Clarence into a Currently Non Collectible Status to resolve his debt. The IRS stopped all collection activity, and his income and bank accounts are free of IRS levy. See the IRS approval letter below.

Stop IRS Levy in Arizona

Stop IRS Levy in Arizona

What is the ultimate goal to stop IRS levy in Arizona? Simply, you want to get your overall account with the IRS in compliance. Compliance means to things: all required tax returns are filed and you are up to date on your current tax payments. Being up to date means that you are having proper withholding’s if you are an employee or making estimated tax payments if you are self employed.

Hire Scott Allen EA of Tax Debt Advisors to get you in compliance with the IRS. He can represent you and walk you through the entire process from beginning to end. Need help preparing any tax returns? He can do that too. Don’t delay any longer and give Scott a call. Clarence did and he didn’t regret that decision.

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Phoenix IRS Problems

Phoenix IRS Problems

Phelipe had his Phoenix IRS Problems solved by Scott Allen EA of Tax Debt Advisors. A serious health scare several months back put this taxpayer in a position where he could barely take care of his current health situation let alone deal with his IRS matters. His health challenges put him out of work for a couple of months. Phelipe owed for several years of back taxes, had a handful more that were unfiled, and needed to negotiate an agreement on this horrific tax liability.

Scott Allen EA was given IRS Power of Attorney to represent the taxpayer. This is done by signing a form 2848. When this is filed, the IRS has to immediately stop all direct communications with the taxpayer and deal exclusively with the representative. The IRS is required to send all mail to the Power of Attorney as well as the taxpayer, but all verbal communication go through the representative. This gave Phelipe the peace of mind that Scott Allen EA is the “go to guy” when the IRS has any questions or concerns. As long as the taxpayer keeps any and all deadlines to file tax returns and provide necessary financial information then levies and garnishments will not take place. On the flip side, if deadlines are missed without any communication then it gives the IRS the opportunity to pursue aggressive collection activity if deemed necessary.

Meet with Scott Allen EA is you have Phoenix IRS Problems so he can step between you and the IRS agents and get you the best possible negotiation allowable by law. There are several ways to resolve and IRS debt. Make sure you are aware of all those solutions before agreeing to any one solution.

View below to see the IRS installment arrangement setup for Phelipe. As you can see very favorable terms were agreed upon.

Phoenix IRS Problems

Phoenix IRS Problems

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10 Things to Remember When You Owe the IRS

10 Things To Remember When You Owe The IRS

The Restructuring and Reform Bill of 1998 for the IRS was a law that really put respect for the taxpayers back into the system. It forces the IRS to actually communicate with the public and grant due process rights to the taxpayers.

Below are 10 things to remember when you owe the IRS

When the IRS comes to collect, eventually you will have to face the music. If you begin to play games with a tax collector, the system has been designed to make your life horrible. Below are some important things to remember when you owe the IRS:

1. Don’t Ignore the IRS notices.

Most people will get into more trouble than bargained for just because they ignored the notices from the IRS. Some IRS notices are sent through certified mail, if you believe that you can ignore the notices by not going to pick them up, then you are wrong. Respond to the IRS each time.

2. The IRS has to explain your rights during your IRS interview.

The IRS Collection Process that was revised in 2015 states that you have the right to be represented and you have the right to be treated in a courteous and professional manner. If you don’t like how you are being treated, then you can stop that interview and ask to talk to a supervisor.

3. Before going to the IRS, spend time with a tax expert or accountant

This may be the best time that you have spent in a while. An expert will let you know how you could prepare to meet for a tax interview, how you should act, and make you aware when a revenue officer is trying to take advantage of you. Just remember the Revenue officers job is to collect money for the government. Furthermore, hiring professional bookkeeping and accounting services can help you avoid ever having problems with the IRS in the first place.

4. Never go to the IRS alone.

Collection interviews aren’t fun and you need representation. Chances are that you will have better results if you have representation.

5. The IRS isn’t Infallible.

The IRS was actually audited by the General Accounting Office and it looks like the IRS needs a bit of cleaning up. Often times, the IRS can’t track how much you actually owe, especially if you have been making regular payments. The IRS can make mistakes, so don’t take their word for everything.

6. You have due process.

The IRS can’t just take your home, bank account, business, car, or even do wage garnishes without making sure that they have given you a notice or an opportunity to challenge the IRS. When you challenge the IRS, everything stops.

You can take the IRS to court and they can’t collect until the judge makes a decision. You can tie their hands for years. The IRS isn’t going to tell you what to do or how you can protect yourself.

7. You are a possible innocent spouse.

Are you separated, widowed or divorced? Do you have tax issues that came from any former spouse? You may state yes, then you could get relief for being an innocent spouse. This could cause your whole tax bill being wrote off.  There are states that offer this as well.

8. If you don’t pay, you won’t go to jail.

No one will go to jail for owing taxes. You can go to jail for cheating on your taxes and you can go to jail for tricking a tax collector, but you can’t go to jail because you owe the IRS and your unable to pay.

9. You have options when you owe the IRS.

People who owe taxes whether to their state or the IRS, will have options. If you owe and can pay in full, then do so. However, if you can’t pay in full, 4 options may be for you:

  • Hardship suspension. This allows the IRS to temporarily leave you alone. Your account will be reviewed over time and even though the IRS leaves you alone, interest is accruing on the account is compounded daily.
  • Installment payments. The IRS will let you may monthly payments. The IRS will want the bill paid off in 3 years. You will need to fill out a financial statement and pursue a bank loan. Interest will accrue and is compounded daily.
  • It isn’t for everyone, but sometimes you could discharge your tax bill with Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Other chapters let you pay the bill off with monthly payments with no interest or little interest. Bankruptcy rules are complicated so talk to an attorney who understands tax and bankruptcy laws.
  • Offer in compromise. The IRS will accept the payment of a smaller sum for a large tax debt. Some states have similar procedures. If you do this and its accepted, all of your tax liens will be removed and you can start over. You need to talk to an attorney who specializes in tax laws.

10. Respect the tax collector power.

IRS tax collectors have more power than most in the federal government. They have very little rules. They can make life easy or miserable. Most success when dealing with a tax collector is done with communication in a prompt manner. They can do these items if you don’t pay your taxes:

  • Levy your bank account
  • Close your business
  • File a tax lien against you
  • Garnish your wages
  • Damage employment and business relationships
  • Seize and sell your home
  • Put you in a monthly payment plan that is too high
  • Assess you personally for corporate employment taxes
  • Go after third party transferees
  • Contact your friends, bankers, neighbors, and any relationship for business about tax liabilities.

Get started on your taxes with a free legal evaluation from Tax Debt Advisors

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If you happen to owe taxes to the IRS and are unsure of how to pay it, you will want to have professional assistance. A tax debt advisor may help to find a plan that works for you and your budget, while making sure that proper procedures are followed. Start today by having your situation evaluated by a local tax expert for free. If you would like a free tax evaluation, Give Scott from Tax Debt Advisors a call today at 480-926-9300.

Our service area includes Phoenix East Valley Cities including: Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe and more.

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Settle Phoenix AZ IRS Debt

Thomas settled his 2010 Phoenix AZ IRS Debt six years later

Just because you may have Phoenix AZ IRS debt that is several years old does not mean you cannot do something about it. Thomas owed the IRS over $100,000 for multiple tax years and many of which needed to be prepared and filed.

2010 was one of the tax years that Thomas did not file. Because he did not, the IRS went ahead and did it for him. Except they don’t file it in the taxpayers best interest; it gets filed in the simplest way possible which benefits the IRS 99% of the time.

In this blog is just a recent example of the negotiation handled by Scott Allen EA of Tax Debt Advisors. View the notice below to see what was successfully accomplished. Scott Allen EA turned a $13,000 IRS tax filing bill into nearly an $8,000 refund for the client. Always seek a second professional opinion before giving up on the “big bad IRS”.

Phoenix AZ IRS Tax Debt

Phoenix AZ IRS Tax Debt

Tax Debt Advisors is a Phoenix Arizona company that specializes in most matters pertaining to the IRS. Some of those matters are: preparing unfiled tax returns, payment plan negotiations, offers in compromise, appeals, innocent spouse claims, and more. For professional help on your case call 480-926-9300 today and speak with Scott Allen EA personally.

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How To Stop A Tax Levy On Your Paycheck In Mesa

How To Stop A Tax Levy On Your Paycheck In Mesa

If you are looking for information on how to stop a tax levy on your paycheck in Mesa, Arizona this post should help!

What is a tax levy?

The tax levy is one of the harshest collection methods used by the IRS and taxing authorities. This is where they will legally seize your assets to pay off back taxes owed. This is very different from tax liens because a lien is just a claim to the assets while a levy is seizing them. The tax authorities may levy investment accounts, wages, pensions, physical assets, bank accounts, accounts receivable, social security, and insurance policies.

General Tax Levy Process

Normally, you won’t be surprised by tax levies due to the IRS going through certain steps before they issue a tax levy. Below are the steps that the IRS will go through before a levy.

  • Taxes are accessed from an IRS filed a tax return on your behalf called a Substitute for Return or by a tax return filed by you with money owed.
  • Tax bills are sent to the last known address and demands payment for owed taxes.
  • You haven’t paid the bill or you made another arrangement to pay.
  • A final notice is sent by the IRS with an intent to levy and a notice of your right to a hearing. The levy will begin within 30 days of the notice. The IRS is required by law to notify you of the levy within 30 days before beginning. This became the law as part of the 1998 IRS Restructuring and Reform Act.

Tax Levy Types

The levy form that taxing authorities use will vary depending on your situation. Normally they will use the method that will be the easiest for them to regain money that is owed. Below are common levy types:

  • Wage Garnishment

With wage garnishment, the IRS will contact your employer and demand that HR take out a certain percentage of your pay for your unpaid taxes. Many employers will not really deny this request because the company can be held liable for what you owe. This levy will remain until enough is paid to cover the owed amount plus penalties and interest, other resolution has been made, or the debt owed has expired. Normally, if a tax attorney proves a hardship, the IRS can reduce or remove the garnishment.

  • Bank Levy

A bank levy will have the IRS contact your bank and demand a hold be placed on your funds. Within 21 days, the amount owed will be removed from your account. If it doesn’t satisfy the debt in full the first time, then it may keep coming back as money appears in the account.

  • Property Seizure

The IRS may seize almost any form of asset to sell to cover your owed taxes. They can seize items such as your house, car, or boat.

  • 1099 Levy

The IRS may issue multiple types of levies to gain payment for your owed 1099 payments. They can levy the amount you owe, but can’t go after anything owed to you in the future for work that is to be done.

  • Other Asset Seizures

The tax levies aren’t limited to what is mentioned above. The IRS can also levy your licenses, rental income, commissions, retirement accounts, accounts receivable, dividends, or life insurance.

  • Passport Seizure

Although not technically, the IRS may request that the state department deny or revoke your passport if you owe more than $50,000.

Stopping a tax levy

The IRS will normally only use a levy as a last resort option and would prefer to use another arrangement to resolve your owed taxes. In order to stop a levy, it takes swift action by you or a tax professional working for you. There are different types of arrangements that can stop a levy. Below are some options.

  • Payment Plan

The IRS have a variety of payment plans based on your financial situation. Once the agreement is made for a payment plan, the levy will stop.

  • Submit an offer in compromise

This is an agreement to pay less than what is actually owed. This option is for those who are struggling financially and may qualify. Talk with a tax professional to see if this is for you.

  • Prove Financial Hardship

If you can prove that a levy will create a financial hardship, then this may stop the levy against you. This doesn’t mean that you don’t need to pay what is owed, but it will stop collection actions.

  • File an appeal

You can appeal the levy if taxes were paid before the notice was sent. You can also appeal if you were in bankruptcy before the notice, there was an error in the assessment, you want to make spousal defense, or want to talk about other options. There may be times that you can appeal because you weren’t able to dispute tax liability, or the statute of limitations has expired for the debt.

Contact us today for help with a Tax Levy

We can assess your situation and find the best method to get the levy released. Scott from Tax Debt Advisors will work on your behalf to find the arrangement that will work for you and not the IRS. Scott can help you stop IRS tax levy or release a levy quickly!