If you need time to repay your taxes an Installment Agreement (IA) may be your ticket! Let our lawyers get you into an IA that you can live with!!
Did you know you can pay your back taxes over time just like you pay for your car or home? Yes, the IRS allows taxpayers who cannot afford to full-pay their back tax liability the option to pay their back taxes through monthly payments.
We have helped hundreds of IRS clients reach Installment Agreements with the IRS. The tricky part is getting an agreement you can afford . . . and you can live with!!
How? The taxpayer must first have all returns filed. Then propose an agreement that follows the IRS guidelines to determine the payment amount and time for the agreement. The IA may pay all or part of the back tax liability depending on the circumstances and the amount of time that the IRS has left to collect the tax debt.
It's important to remember there are competing interests at work during the negotiation of an IA. On one hand, the IRS wants what it considers its money, all of it, ASAP! On the other hand, the taxpayer wants a payment that is manageable and affordable over time!
This unfortunately causes many taxpayers to agree to monthly payments which are greater than they can reasonably afford - only to result in more financial hardship. This often means that the taxpayer defaults the Installment Agreement causing the IRS to begin its collection actions all over again. The lesson being - it is important to have an affordable, realistic IA properly in place the first time!
After an IA has been established, the IRS suspends its collection efforts and stops issuing wage garnishments, bank levies, notices and making harassing phone calls. In return, the taxpayer customarily agrees that penalties and interest continue to accrue on the unpaid portion of back tax liability for the duration of an Installment Agreement. Additionally, depending on the circumstances, the IRS may file a Notice of Federal Tax Lien in local court records to protect its interest until the liability is paid in full. Finally, the taxpayer must continue to be compliant with future tax filings and payments.
In a nutshell, for taxpayers who cannot afford to full pay their back taxes immediately and do not qualify for an Offer in Compromise or Currently Not Collectible status, an Installment Agreement may be the best alternative!
To find out whether you qualify for an IA call us confidentially or use our confidential contact form to schedule your FREE initial consultation.