Offer in Compromise
An offer in compromise can be a feasible solution for taxpayers that disagree with the assessed amount of a tax bill or are unable to pay a tax debt due to financial hardship. There are three possible conditions that can qualify a taxpayer for an offer in compromise. To establish whether or not your particular set of circumstances falls into one of the categories below requires the expertise of tax accountants like Anthony Sykes and Co. Accounting.
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Beware of deceptive claims to settle your tax debt for "pennies on the dollar". At Anthony Sykes and Co. Accounting we are trusted tax professionals experienced in filing legitimate offers with the IRS. We understand what kind of evidence needs to be presented in order to furnish an offer that the IRS will accept so you can reduce your tax debt. Contact us a 562-864-2341 or request a free consultation today to learn more.
Do You Qualify for an Offer in Compromise?
Doubt as to Liability
To qualify for this condition a taxpayer needs to provide evidence that the assessed tax liability is incorrect and therefore they should not be required to pay the full amount. If the IRS had issued notices of assessment and the taxpayer failed to take action to dispute the tax liability at that time, or if the matter has already been contested during an audit, you will not qualify for this type of tax relief.
Doubt as to Ability to Pay
You'll qualify for this option if you can provide evidence that you don't have the ability to pay the tax debt and can show the IRS that it's likely they will never be able to collect the full amount. The IRS uses a series of guidelines to establish what expenses can and cannot be considered in calculating how much the taxpayer is reasonably able to pay.
Effective Tax Administration
This is a relatively new provision that allows taxpayers to claim that special circumstances would make paying the debt a financial hardship. This option is usually applied to people who are in very poor health or elderly and are not able to work to pay off their tax debt.