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IRS Fresh Start Initiative

What Is The

Fresh Start Initiative?

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What was once known as the Fresh Start Program, the Fresh Start Initiative is not a stand-alone program, but rather a series of changes to current IRS Collection procedures and policies. The purpose of the Fresh Start Initiative to help both individual taxpayers and small businesses attempting to settle a past tax debt.

In theory, the Fresh Start Initiative has features that make it easier for taxpayers to pay back their outstanding balances and avoid tax liens, or have existing liens withdrawn.


If you owe back taxes to the IRS for business or personal reasons, the IRS Tax Attorneys at Flat Fee Tax Service is ready to help you now. Not very long ago, the IRS “Fresh Start Program” was established to assist taxpayers with significant back tax debt.  The IRS Fresh Start Program has three basic elements:

The Fresh Start Initiative Program is designed to help US taxpayers develop a process for repaying past-due taxes, while potentially avoiding tax liens and collection efforts. As an example, if the taxpayer or business owes less than $10,000, the IRS may agree not to place a lien against real property, collections or business assets. The IRS reserves the right, however, to put a tax lien against real property even when the balance is below $10,000, especially if the collection of taxes appears to be “at risk.” It is important not to ignore your tax problem, and to work with the tax attorneys at our IRS tax relief firm to resolve tax collection liabilities and recover control of your financial life.

IRS Fresh Start Success

The Fresh Start IRS Lien Release

The IRS Fresh Start Program is designed to reduce the application of liens, and to provide a process for the “withdrawal” of an IRS “Notice of Federal Tax Lien.” Our IRS Tax Attorneys will manage all communication with the IRS on your behalf, and when certain requirements are met we can work to have the tax lien withdrawn, improving your credit rating and restoring control over affected assets.

Some of these "Fresh Start" programs require electronic payments (use a debit card) through an installment agreement, and the failure to complete the IRS Installment Agreement or the interruption of payments can result in the filing of a new “Notice of Federal Tax Lien” by the IRS, and a resumption of tax collection efforts.

The Fresh Start IRS Installment Agreement

U.S. taxpayers who approach the IRS on their own are confronted with a worksheet that calculates the amount “available” to be collected by the IRS – either in a lump sum or through garnishment of accounts, income or payroll – and this is based upon a national set of "allowable expenses". Unfortunately, this model does not take into account the increased costs associated with living in expensive areas of the country such as California and the greater San Diego area.


Many who attempt to manage this process are faced with a “budget” they cannot afford. If you default on an IRS Installment Agreement, you will be right back where you started.

Taxpayers who live in San Diego, San Francisco or Paducah, Kentucky will all have a different set of "allowable" expenses. Credit card payments are not "allowable expenses".

The Tax Lawyers at Flat Fee Tax Service are able to work directly with IRS Revenue Officers and other agents of the IRS to negotiate a tax relief solution that resolves your tax debt without forcing you to move or leave the area.

Our IRS tax relief firm can help to prevent wage garnishment or bank levies. It may be possible to negotiate payments over a term of up to seven years (3 years for business clients). Our tax attorneys are often able to accomplish a much better result without the need to provide extensive financial information.

The Fresh Start Initiative Offer in Compromise 

Many advertisements on TV and the radio make it seem that it is easy to negotiate resolutions for “pennies on the dollar.” The reality of an Offer in Compromise is much different. The program was established to allow eligible and qualified taxpayers to settle back tax debt for less than the entire balance owed (including penalties and interest).

Offer in Compromise

The IRS will exhaust all possibilities to collect taxes that are owed, and IRS settlements through the Offer in Compromise program are not only an effective tool but a successful Offer is the optimum tax relief solution. Our IRS Tax Attorneys will show the IRS when there are no assets on hand to meet the tax debt and there is little reason to expect substantial change within a reasonable period of time.
















The IRS Fresh Start Initiative Program provides a bit more flexibility for Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc.'s tax attorneys to negotiate tax debt settlements with the IRS and to develop an “Offer in Compromise” that is better than the standard calculation provided by the IRS website, allowing our clients to move forward with their lives.

Many of our clients have settled their tax debts for an amount between $100 and $500. Not everyone is the same. During our consultation with you, we will have a very good idea where you are regarding a successful Offer in Compromise. As an FYI, the IRS does not allow anyone to guarantee a successful IRS settlement. But, when you do as many tax settlements as we do, you have a pretty good idea what will fly and what won't.

If You Owe the IRS Back Taxes the Tax Attorneys at
Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc. Will Help

There is hope for US taxpayers who are unable to pay their tax debt to the IRS in full, and the IRS Fresh Start Initiative Program is a terrific tax relief option. Don't ignore the inevitable. Having an "ostrich defense" will only make matters worse, and the IRS becomes less flexible with taxpayers who are unwilling to attempt to solve delinquent accounts. We invite you to contact us by calling for a free consultation at 1-866-747-7435

There really is light at the end of the tunnel. With our tax professionals at the wheel, our IRS Tax Attorneys will drive down the road and navigate you through these challenges. It is our mission to put you back in financial control of your life.

How Long Will A Fresh Start with The IRS Take? 

Every taxpayer's IRS problem is unique to them, but as a general rule of thumb, it’s not uncommon for the Fresh Start Initiative process to take several months. Cases can require a year for completion. Our team of tax professionals will work hard to expedite the process, so call us today at (866) 747-7435.

Will the IRS Reopen My Debt After a
Fresh Start Initiative Settlement?

Yes, it is possible if the taxpayer doesn't live up to their agreement. A Fresh Start Initiative settlement can be reassessed even after it has been paid. The IRS requires that you finish your payments for the tax settlement and continue to file and pay all taxes for five years after completing the terms of your settlement package. If you fail to do so, the IRS will reinstate the full amount of taxes originally owed.

One problem many taxpayers in debt to the IRS encounter is keeping up with the changes in programs like the IRS Fresh Start Program. There are many details in the Installment Agreements, Offers in Compromise and other tax relief options that can be overwhelming. Some of the changes enacted by the IRS may not impact all individuals with tax debt and it’s difficult to know whether this will include you. The new updates to the Fresh Start Initiative are yet another set of rules to keep straight when trying to resolve tax problems.

You can keep the entire Fresh Start process relatively simple by hiring experienced tax professionals like our team at Flat Fee Tax Service whose entire job it is to keep these facts straight and report them accurately to clients.

Our IRS Tax Attorneys focus on staying up to date on the various changes the IRS makes to programs like the Fresh Start Initiative so that our customer base is never left in the dark and receive all the guidance they need to settle their back taxes. This kind of IRS tax help will assist taxpayers to save money, extend deadlines, or find their way into the best tax debt resolution plan to meet their needs.


Anyone with questions on the Fresh Start Initiative or other IRS programs would do well to contact Flat Fee Tax Service and get quality help to ease their financial troubles. Call now for more information and a free consultation! Call 1-866-747-7435.

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