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I am a former IRS agent and teaching instructor with the Internal Revenue Service.
When I was employed by the Internal Revenue Service I work the offer in compromise program. there are three general programs to settle your tax debt, the offer in compromise, the payment agreement and the hardship program but before IRS accepts any of these programs you must have all your tax returns filed and up-to-date.
We can prepare all back tax returns with or without records get them on the IRS computer and settle your tax debt all at the same time.
As a result, we know all the inside secrets the methodologies and all the back tax programs to settle back taxes available.
Not only did I accept and reject offers in compromise, I was also a teaching instructor at the service center to help qualified revenue officers decide which offers to accept and reject.
Given the above information, I can tell you I am a true expert for the IRS offer in compromise and I wish to explain to you whether an offer in compromise is a viable option for you.
Due to social media, marketing and advertising the assumption by the general public is that IRS can settle tax debt for pennies on the dollar.
Let me first let you know that IRS does accept offers in compromise and as a matter of fact last year approximately 32,000 offers in compromise were accepted out of the 78,000 that were filed.
That number varies from year to year but the percentages usually remain the same of acceptability.
The average settlement was $9500 per case but remember that is just an average in not everybody can settle their tax debt for $9500. Each case is based on its own set of circumstances. You must understand and know the formula to understand your settlement.
There is much information you need to know before you go off filing an offer of compromise and giving your money to some firm to try to pull off some amazing trick because you have been sold a bill of goods and bought in to some marketing ploy and they’ve convinced you are a settlement candidate.
The IRS Process:
It first starts with the review of your personal financial statement which is found on the 433 OIC.
When the offer in compromise gets sent in to the Internal Revenue Service it is met with the reviewer that make sure that you are truly qualified candidate for the offer in compromise program.
That reviewer checks the completed form to make sure it is a valid agreement. The offer in compromise is a legal document between you and the Internal Revenue Service.
If IRS were to accept the offer and the next day you win the lottery the accepted offer still stands.
Also reviewer make sure that all the documentation is attached so that the revenue officer who will work your offer in compromise can move forward.
Approximately one-third of all offers in compromise are sent back to the taxpayer because the offers are not filled out correctly or the appropriate documentation is not attached.It takes a great deal of experience to put an offer package together for acceptance to the Internal Revenue Service. There is a very definitive process that professionals use to make sure your offer in compromise is process the first time around.
IRS will check to make sure all your tax returns are current and filed on the IRS system.It is critically important you know that you must have all tax returns filed before IRS will process your offer.
You should know that the Internal Revenue Service rejects an offer before it accepts an offer. one of the basic rules is that the revenue officer is lazy and is easier to mark rejected then they go through all the work of accepting an offer in compromise.
I should know this is a former instructor of the offer in compromise I see many revenue officers simply send offers back because some of the eyes were not dotted in the T’s were not crossed.
Due to the volume of cases the IRS has, which is over 7500 cases waiting in the IRS Q, is far easier for the IRS to say no then to accept because an average of anywhere between 20 and 40 hours are spent on accepting the offer in compromise.
If you have an offer in compromise accepted, four signatures are generally required for signature as it goes up and down the chain.
So how do you know if the offer in compromise is right for you. Call for a free initial tax consultation and hear the truth from a true IRS tax debt settlement former agent.
The first place to go is to fill out the IRS pre-qualifier tool for the offer in compromise. Because of so many scrupulous tax companies that have been ripping people off, the IRS wanted to make sure the general public has a tool that they can use to find out if they are prequalified to file the offer in compromise to make sure it is a viable option. It is so very important that you know you are qualified candidate before proceeding, I can’t emphasize this enough.
It contains all the necessary information in regard to your income, your expenses and your assets and it predetermined for you whether the offer in compromise is even a viable option for you.
IRS will take a very close look at the liquidity of your assets, your current income, and your monthly expenses before it renders a decision as IRS wants to make sure it collects all the money from you that they can within the 10 year statutory period of time.
One of the questions the agent will want to consider is, can we collect more money over 10 years than accept the current agreement on the table for the IRS offer in compromise.
As a general rule, you will have to give IRS your total liquidity of all your assets before they will even consider the acceptance of an offer in compromise. The reason that IRS must accept no less than your total equity is that they have the ability to seize it by force or sending out a notice of levy garnishment.
IRS on larger dollar cases is a tremendous amount of due diligence.
The IRS has a wealth of information on the various computers they can use to dig and find assets or income.
Why? you may ask is because all offers in compromise are open for public inspections at eight regional offices throughout the United States.
Your offer in compromise must be thoroughly documented which includes all your bank statements for the last six months to a year, all your pay stubs, all your monthly expenses along with certain documentation for assets that have value.
IRS also takes a look at the values of your pensions, your IRA, your business as well.
The offer in compromise is one of the most reviewed documents, it is like going through a mini audit.
Some of the due diligence that IRS will conduct on a larger dollar cases is checking Google, the accurate search engine, Department of Motor Vehicles, real estate records, insurance policies, credit reports, loan applications, insurance policies, and inter-government agency records including those garnered by Homeland security and other such agencies.
Before you contemplate filing the offer in compromise and wasting your money on a company that has promised you they can settle your case for pennies on the dollar, you would be wise to give us a call to have an actual former IRS agent and teaching instructor of the offer in compromise give you the green light.
You should also know if an offer in compromise is not except that you have the right to appeal it and if the appeal is not accepted you can file an offer at a later time.
When you call our office you will speak to true IRS tax experts who knows the system and can tell you what to expect and tell you how to settle for the lowest amount possible. You also may always ask us about our faith in Christ.
When you call our office will review every single back tax program available, and generally there’s three the hardship program the payment agreement program and the most popular back tax program the offer in compromise which completely settles your IRS tax debt but you must be a candidate that fits the IRS criteria.
Call us today for a free initial tax consultation and hear the truth about your IRS manner.