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IRS Tax Help | Offer in Compromise FAQ's | Flat Fee Tax Service

Updated: Jun 28, 2019

IRS Tax Help - IRS Tax Debt Settlement - Offer in Compromise FAQ's:

1) I filed my tax returns but didn't have the money to pay what was owed. What do I do now?

When the Internal Revenue Service sends you a notice stating that you owe back taxes, the amount is usually much higher than what you thought because they have tacked on penalties and interest.

If you had the money, you could just write a check and pay the IRS the full amount, including penalties and interest. If that were the case, you wouldn't be here looking for IRS tax relief options.

You could just ignore the IRS; meanwhile the penalties and interest keep piling up. Or you could make the smart move and hire our IRS tax relief firm. Our IRS Tax Attorneys are experienced in the matters of back taxes. During our consultation with you, our tax relief team will analyze your situation. We can determine your best course of action. For many taxpayers with no ability to pay, this typically leads to an IRS settlement through the Offer in Compromise program.

2) What is an Offer in Compromise?

An Offer in Compromise (#OfferinCompromise) is an out of court agreement between the IRS and the taxpayer that resolves the taxpayer's liability. The Internal Revenue Service has the authority to settle or compromise federal tax liabilities by accepting less than full payment under certain circumstances.

These circumstances are: Doubt as to liability - Doubt exists that the assessed tax is correct. Doubt as to collectibility (most common) - Doubt exists that you could ever pay the full amount of tax owed. Effective tax administration - (i.e., economic hardship)

3) Even though I am making installment payments, can I do an Offer in Compromise?

Yes! And in most cases the installment agreement can be suspended while the IRS is evaluating your Offer in Compromise.

4) When the Internal Revenue Service approves an Offer in Compromise, what happens next?

You may have up to ninety days or 2 years to make payment to the Internal Revenue Service of the offered amount. Once the IRS has received payment, they will release all federal tax liens, and there is no further back tax liability.

5) How long does it take for an Offer in Compromise to be approved by the IRS?

Depending on the IRS caseload, it generally takes eight to twelve months. No matter how long it takes the Internal Revenue Service to review the Offer in Compromise, during that time all further collection activities are suspended.

During the Offer in Compromise process,

the IRS must leave you alone.

6) Will I have to see or speak to the Internal Revenue Service if you take my case?

No! That's one reason why you have our IRS tax relief team. Our IRS Tax Attorneys will handle your case in its entirety. All communications with the IRS will be made directly through your IRS Tax Attorney.

7) Can I file bankruptcy and discharge my taxes without entering into an Offer in Compromise?

Generally personal income taxes that are over three years old, and were assessed at least 240 days prior to bankruptcy filing, and voluntarily filed at least two years ago, can be included in a bankruptcy.

However, most taxes aren't dis-chargeable. The trust fund portion of employment taxes is not dis-chargeable in bankruptcy; therefore, an Offer in Compromise is the only way to effectively eliminate the burden of the trust fund portion of employment taxes.

8) I have not filed returns for a number of years. Is it too late to reach an IRS settlement and make a fresh start?

No, All tax returns must be filed to do either an Offer in Compromise or an Installment Agreement. Our tax defense team will guide you to bring you current and formulate a strategy to pay off the balance due. For many taxpayers, this typically leads to an Offer in Compromise.

9) Is an Offer in Compromise best for me?

That depends on your situation, which is different for each taxpayer. That is why we offer a FREE consultation to assess your needs and to recommend what would be best for you in your particular situation.

When you settle with the IRS through an Offer in Compromise (#OfferinCompromise), it does NOT blemish your credit. In fact once your Offer in Compromise is accepted and paid, all federal tax liens are released.



10) When do I have to pay the amount being offered in an Offer in Compromise?

Upon receiving an approval letter from the Internal Revenue Service you may then have ninety days or as long as 2 years to pay the offered amount. After receiving payment, the IRS writes off the balance of the liability and releases all tax liens previously filed.

11) Can the IRS ever revoke an approved and paid Offer in Compromise?

Your Offer will not be revoked as long as you comply with the requirements relating to filing returns and paying required taxes for the five years after the date your Offer is approved by the Internal Revenue Service.

12) What are your fees? We aren't afraid to tell you.


Our fees for an Offer in Compromise are

low, fair and affordable.

13)I am located outside New York (or anywhere in the USA). Can you still help me?

Yes! All you need is a phone. Access to a computer is always a help. We have clients in every state in the union. In fact, we have clients located in Guam, the Philippines, Panama, etc. The IRS has offices all over the country and every office is subject to the same guidelines.

All Offer in Compromise submissions are processed in either in NY, & TN. The submission process takes approximately 5 months.

During the submission process, the IRS is looking for mistakes with your paperwork so the IRS can reject for settlement offer.

With today's instant communication, mail, phones, facsimiles, and e-mail, it has become simple to accommodate taxpayers who reside anywhere in the country.

14) What type of documents will the IRS ask for?

Paycheck stubs, bank statements, mortgage or rent payments ,utility bills, etc. We will provide you with a checklist of documentation to collect in assisting us in settling your IRS debt.

15) Can I go to jail or prison for not filing my taxes?

The IRS may seek to impose a criminal offense for failure to file tax returns as required. Even if you do file, the tax returns must be accurate and truthful because if false returns are detected by the IRS, a fraud referral to the Criminal Investigation Division will be generated. Failure to file returns is illegal and a FELONY, and subject to criminal and civil penalties. This means that you can go to prison, pay substantial penalties and be financially destroyed. Willful failure to file returns can result in a punishment of one year in jail and a $25,000 fine ($100,000 in the case of a corporation).

16. What is your rate of success?

Currently, our IRS tax relief firm has a 96% IRS settlement success rate.

Per IRS 2016 statistics, the IRS approved approximately 42% of all Offer in Compromise submissions.