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Before You Fill Out 433-A Learn Your Options
There are various IRS debt programs taxpayers can choose from to resolve their back taxes, but none are as known as the Offer in Compromise. With the advertisements on television having the reoccurring theme of large settlements through this program, many taxpayers are deceived into thinking that it is common for the IRS to approve taxpayers for an Offer in Compromise (IRS Form 433-A). However, the reality is that the IRS only accepts 15-25 percent of 433-A applications annually, making this program extremely difficult to qualify for.
The Truth about 433-A
The IRS form needed to apply for an Offer in Compromise is form 433-A. A 433-A appears to be simple to fill out, a taxpayer should hire a professional who can provide guidance to ensure a successful outcome. This application will ask for all the financial details of a taxpayer, including all income sources, monthly expenditures, and all business information. Once this is given, the IRS will analyze the financial ability of a taxpayer to pay their tax debt within their Statute of Limitations.
The IRS will then take the analysis and use their Offer in Compromise formula to determine if the taxpayer qualifies for an Offer in Compromise under three standard requirements:
- Doubt as to Collectibility: The IRS determines that the taxpayer is unlikely to pay a per-determined portion of their debt by the expiration of their Statute of Limitations.
- Doubt as to Liability: The taxpayer can prove the IRS examiner made a mistake interpreting a tax law and assessed the tax debt amount incorrectly.
- Effective Tax Administration: The taxpayer can prove that satisfying the tax debt will cause financial hardship.
Taxpayers should be familiar with the requirements needed to qualify for an Offer in Compromise, using form 433-A, because applying for an Offer in Compromise and being denied, depending on the severity, could cause additional penalties, as well as giving the IRS the information it needs to determine what the taxpayer can afford to pay based on their own calculations.
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