The IRS can and does set up payment plans, which are an agreement with the IRS to pay the taxes you owe within an extended timeframe. Visit our complete IRS Payment Plan setup guide, part of our free and helpful public-access Tax Guide.
If you are stuck with your IRS payment plan, here are some suggestions on how you can fix your problem.
You need to get into another status
The two most popular options for an IRS Payment Plan are:
- Offer In Compromise
- Currently Not Collectible Status
See our complete guide to find out whether an Offer in Compromise or a Not Collectible Status would be more desirable for your individual tax case.
Filling Offer in Compromise
An Offer In Compromise is a settlement for less than you actually owe!
An Offer in Compromise is seldom the kind of arrangement where you get “10% off” on your tax debt. You either get a substantial savings (pennies on the dollar) or none at all.
You do not need to keep up with your payment plan while it is pending.
The best option for people who cannot pay off their debts and do not have substantial assets.
Applying for Currently Not Collectible Status
Basically, a payment plan for $0/month, because your financials show an ability to pay of $0.
People with assets that are substantial but are broke month to month are good candidates for Currently Not Collectible.
Most people that can get Currently Not Collectible can also get an Offer In Compromise, which is better.
You can see our CNC Tax Program Review here, to find out more about the ins and outs of filing Currently Not Collectible.
IRS has 10 years to collect most of the time
Some things can extend the amount of time to collect, like when an Offer In Compromise is pending or a payment plan request is pending.
So if you do get stuck in Currently Not Collectible, you might pay nothing until the debt expires.
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