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IRS Tax Debt Relief | Tax Debt Settlement | San Diego | California

Updated: May 23, 2019

HOW DO YOU GET IRS TAX DEBT RELIEF? NEED A TAX DEBT SETTLEMENT? If you owe the IRS for a tax debt, there are some important factors to keep in mind. The first thing to note is that the IRS is not like any other "lender" – the IRS is interested in collecting money and closing cases. That's it. The IRS is always open to an tax settlement (#IRStaxsettlement), known as an Offer in Compromise, if the result ends in "collecting money and closing your case"..

The second thing to remember is that it's essential to make sure you are well represented when dealing with the IRS and as such, you should chose a tax professional carefully. There are many reputable firms like Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc. who are very experienced in how to best present your situation to the IRS. No one offers the quality of service and our very affordable fees.

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Additionally, it is important to understand the benefit of paying the IRS what you can afford to pay – even if it’s a small amount. Ignoring your tax debt will trigger the IRS to use tough enforcement tactics against you, such as placing a federal tax lien against your property or levying your assets (paycheck, bank accounts) until your debt is satisfied.

Obviously, it’s always in your best interest to pay what you owe on time. Not every taxpayer is in position to pay the IRS. That is why a number of struggling taxpayers seek out a IRS tax relief firm that’s knowledgeable in dealing with the government and navigating IRS channels.


A reputable tax professional can help you get a substantial tax settlement and/or more time to pay your back taxes

What Is an

Offer in Compromise?

An Offer in Compromise (OIC) is essentially an IRS settlement agreement made between the IRS and a taxpayer that allows the taxpayer to pay far less than the full amount they actually owe. With this type of settlement agreement, the taxpayer can usually choose to make a lump sum tax payment or set up an IRS installment plan. While it might not be for everyone, the Offer in Compromise program has enabled many taxpayers to settle their IRS tax debt.

The IRS will consider an Offer in Compromise (#OfferinCompromise) under certain circumstances. A taxpayer may be approved for this program if the IRS concludes that the original amount due is otherwise uncollectible. Or, you may get an Offer in Compromise if you have legitimate doubt that you actually owe that amount of tax debt – called “doubt as to liability.”

The IRS will accept a lesser amount than what’s owed if payment would cause undue hardship to the taxpayer or their family. For example: a family owes the IRS but needs the money to pay their rent, pay their car payment(s), pay their utilities, pay their medical insurance, pay their child support, pay for their sick child’s medical care, and paying their full tax bill would come at the expense of that care. These are all "allowable expenses".

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Setting up an

IRS Payment Plan

As stated before, it is never advisable to ignore or hide from the IRS when you're unable to pay. In fact, the IRS may be more willing to work with you than you think. If you’re unable to pay your tax liability in full, your best option may be to request an installment agreement.

Also known as an IRS Payment Plan, this arrangement allows you to pay your tax debt over a period of time (up to five years in some cases), depending on the type of tax debt and how much you owe. If you've received a notice from the IRS, your first step should be to respond by following the instructions included with the notice. Usually the IRS will instruct you to contact them by phone or mail. You will then receive further instructions and have the opportunity to request an installment agreement.

The Bottom Line


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Owing the IRS can be stressful and overwhelming, but always remember that you have options. The IRS is in the business of collecting money and thus provides several ways for taxpayers to settle their debts. It is possible to put your tax debt behind you once-and-for-all, but you have to be proactive about resolving tax issues – doing nothing will only make matters worse.

If necessary, you may seek the assistance of an IRS Tax Attorney who is trained to represent taxpayers before the IRS. Our IRS tax relief professionals are experienced at setting up an Offer in Compromise (#OfferinCompromise) as well as IRS Payment Plans, and they will often work with you on a “success basis” (meaning you won't be charged unless they’re successful). As you can see, there are a variety of options available for those who cannot afford to pay their full tax liability.

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