Offer In Compromise – Who Is Eligible?


Most individual and business taxpayers who owe income taxes, payroll taxes, penalties or interest may submit an Offer in Compromise to settle these liabilities. However. the IRS will not grant settlements to every single taxpayer who submits an offer. One of the following factors must be established in order for the IRS to settle the liability:

  • The taxpayer cannot pay off the liability;
  • There is doubt that the taxpayer actually owes the liability;
  • The settlement would promote effective tax administration

The IRS will accept an Offer in Compromise when it is unlikely that the tax liability can be collected in full, and the amount of the Offer in Compromise reasonably reflects collection potential. An Offer in Compromise is a legitimate alternative to declaring a case as currently not collectible, or to a protracted installment agreement. The goal is to achieve collection of what is potentially collectible at the earliest possible time and at the least cost to the government.

If a taxpayer requests an Offer in Compromise based on effective tax administration, the IRS will first be required to establish that there is no doubt to liability or collectibility

Who Is NOT Eligible?

Taxpayers are not eligible for consideration of an Offer in Compromise based on doubt as to collectibility or effective tax administration if:

Furthermore, if an ongoing business taxpayer files an Offer in Compromise for payroll taxes, that business must deposit all payroll taxes on time during the quarter in which the Offer in Compromise was submitted and going forward.

The Offer in Compromise program requires that subsequent to acceptance of an Offer in Compromise, the taxpayer must remain current on all tax obligations for a period five (5) years. Therefore, if the taxpayer’s Offer in Compromise is accepted and paid in full, but he later fails to pay current income taxes or other taxes, the Offer in Compromise might be revoked by the IRS.

Related Topic: Quick Guide to OIC

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