Tax Debt Settlement
By Steven A Leahy
There is one method of getting out of debt with the IRS that’s been abused more than any other.
This method, offers-in-compromise, has become downright controversial – so much so that the IRS made changes to the “rules” regarding this debt relief method for both taxpayers and tax relief specialists.
When the act that allowed Offer-in-Compromise passed, it was like a giant Pandora’s box opened up. All of a sudden, late night TV became filled with commercials from Offer-In-Compromise “Pros” promising troubled taxpayers the chance to “pay pennies on the dollar to the IRS”.
These “pros” would fill out the OIC paperwork and send it to the IRS, sometimes ignoring whether a client met the criteria for being accepted or not. Either way, the “pros” got their money…even if the client never had much of a chance of being accepted.
Not only did this practice create a huge number of people getting ripped-off, it may have caused a reduction in the number of Offers-in-Compromise that are actually being accepted by the IRS. On November 1, 2003, the IRS began charging a $150 processing fee for most Offer-In-Compromise proposals.
Also, in February of 2004, they officially issued “a consumer alert advising taxpayers to beware of promoters’ claims that tax debts can be settled for ‘pennies on the dollar’ through the Offer in Compromise Program.”
It seems that “frivolous” proposals – not to mention plenty of complaints by consumers – had been mounting… enough to warrant concern by the IRS.
The IRS has cracked down.
Offers-in-Compromise now only have a 15% chance of success. An offer-in-compromise may still be the right option for you, or there may be better alternatives.
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