The IRS has expanded its "Fresh Start" initiative by offering more flexible terms to its Offer-in-Compromise Program. These newest rules enable some financially distressed taxpayers to clear up their tax problems even quicker.
An offer-in-compromise (OIC) is an agreement between a taxpayer and the IRS that settles the taxpayer's tax liabilities for less than the full amount owed. An OIC is generally not accepted if the IRS believes the liability can be paid in full as a lump sum or through a payment agreement. The IRS looks at the taxpayer's income and assets to determine the reasonable collection potential.
This expansion of the "Fresh Start" initiative focuses on the financial analysis used to determine which taxpayers qualify for an OIC.
Here are the OIC changes:
More information on the "Fresh Start" initiative can be found at IRS.gov.
Form 656-B, Offer in Compromise Booklet, and Form 656, Offer in Compromise, can be found at IRS.gov or ordered by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).
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