What Is The IRS Fresh Start Program
While the federal Internal Revenue Service may be one of the world’s largest debt collection agencies, the IRS Fresh Start Program makes it easier for taxpayers to pay back taxes. This expansion to existing programs allows delinquent taxpayers to settle their tax bills and pay back monies owed through a payment program or settlement process. It allows more opportunity for taxpayers to get back on the right side of things with their taxes and the IRS. The expanded IRS Fresh Start Program has a number of effects that are critical for average taxpayers.
Benefits Of The IRS Fresh Start Program
First, the IRS generally must now go after cases with a tax lien when the amount is over $10,000. Tax liens can be particularly damaging because it allows the IRS to essentially freeze accounts of a taxpayer and seize any cash balance available. This can include accounts receivable as well, monies a person might be expecting to use to pay bills and live on, such as wages from employment. However, the change is not absolute, so it doesn’t mean that folks can just rack up a tax bill of $9,999 and forget about any lien concerns. It can still happen.
Second, for those who owe tax debts up to $50,000, the IRS fresh start program allows for a streamlined installment agreement to be approved, giving the taxpayer 72 months or 6 years to pay down a given tax debt to the IRS. This expanded settlement approach is powerful for the taxpayer because it can suspend the tax lien damage, noted above, and give taxpayer breathing room to manage and pay down outstanding tax debt.
Larger Debts Are Manageable
For those who owe more than $50,000 or are unable to pay their debts completely, the Offer in Compromise option is supported and expanded by the IRS Fresh Start Program and is another option for resolution. Installment agreements are still possible, but the IRS will want to see quite a bit of paperwork, including a financial statement and one of two forms: either the Collection Information Statement, Form 433-A or Form 433-F.
For those who can only pay a partial amount, the crux of the program depends on whether the IRS believes the amount offered can be paid and collected in a reasonable amount of time. While the IRS has been directed to expand the Offer in Compromise option to more taxpayers, it has the option to deny a settlement if the IRS review concludes the taxpayer can actually pay the bill owed in full in installment payments during the collection statute of limitations or as a lump sum.
Technical Assistance Is Critical With The IRS Fresh Start Program
Seeking assistance through the Fresh Start program is doable, but the steps can still be quite complicated. This is why expert help in preparing and communicating with the IRS is critical. The IRS has no obligation to show taxpayers how to use the IRS Fresh Start program, only to process and honor applications once received. However, Samaritan Tax Relief can help. Our team of enrolled agents provides expert tax solutions and guidance as well as invaluable communication with the IRS. Samaritan Tax Relief agents are well versed in helping taxpayers who live abroad as well.
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