Innocent Spouse Relief

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Innocent Spouse Relief

A taxpayer with no ability to pay their outstanding tax liability can be declared Currently Not Collectible (CNC) status by the Internal Revenue Service. The burden of proof is on the taxpayer to qualify for “hardship” cases.

Qualifying for CNC status is not easy. Mistakes can cause a taxpayer to be rejected, or the taxpayer may unwittingly provide information that can hurt his case.

A taxpayer facing an insurmountable tax debt or significant hardship needs the protection and expertise of a tax professional specializing in tax debt resolution. It is the focus of the IRS to collect all funds owed. Your tax professional is on your side and is an expert in helping you qualify for this status to stop IRS debt collection.

Advantages of an IRS Currently Not Collectible Status

  • All collection activities must stop, i.e. letters, phone calls, bank levies, garnishments, etc.
  • The 10-year statute of limitations to collect the tax debt continues to run during this time
  • The tax debt may never have to be paid

Circumstances Required

  • Payment of the tax debt would cause undue hardship for the taxpayer, leaving them unable to cover necessary living expenses
  • Bankruptcy/suspension of corporate business functions with no remaining assets
  • Death of a taxpayer
  • Inability to locate taxpayer assets
  • Inability to locate a taxpayer
  • Special action, i.e. tax debts for military personnel in a combat zone

By declaring your case as Currently Not Collectible, the government is confirming your financial condition is so serious that you cannot make even the smallest payment.

They are required to send you an annual statement of the tax amount owed, which is not a bill. Each year you remain in CNC status, you will be required to submit an updated financial report.

If your status ends, a tax professional can assist you in qualifying for another tax relief program that will enable you to reasonably pay off your tax debt. Give us a a call to see what options you have in this regard.

Benefits of Working with a Tax Professional

Much negotiation is required with the IRS when attempting to gain acceptance of your financial status. By working with a professional like us, we can shield you from these negotiations, and will battle them on your behalf. Whether they be Revenue Officers, or the main organization itself, we go to battle day-in and day-out on our client’s behalf.

Statistics show taxpayers who attempt to qualify for an IRS Currently Not Collectible status on their own are often not successful. Do not allow the IRS to intimidate you into accepting a less-than-satisfactory tax debt resolution.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much time do you think we will have to resolve my IRS accounts?

Generally speaking, we attempt to secure a 30-day collection hold with the IRS. Meaning the IRS will not take any aggressive actions during the 30-day term. Within the 30 day term, we will need to be sure you are taking corrective action to become current and compliant, file all missing returns, and work toward developing a financial strategy to resolve the balance dues. However, we do have tools that will allow us to extend this timeline and if our efforts are going in the right direction, the IRS will usually allow us additional time.

Do I need to give the IRS information about my bank accounts and assets?

This is a yes/no answer. If you owe the IRS more than $10,000 in 941 tax liability you can fully expect to have to provide information about your business. If the liability is more than $25,000 in 1120 income tax debt, the same thing applies. However, if you owe less than $50,000 in personal income tax debt or trust debt you may not have to provide information about your personal finances.

What if I can’t afford to submit the application fee?

The IRS uses Low-Income Certification guidelines to determine whether a person qualifies for poverty level. If you meet the criteria, you do not need to send in the $186 application fee, and you can wait to send in additional monies, including your initial payment and monthly installments until you hear back from the IRS.

What happens if I never hear back from the IRS about an Offer in Compromise?

If the IRS does not contact you within two years about the Offer in Compromise, the agency will automatically accept it.

Can I get an IRS Tax Lien withdrawn?

Yes, if your balance is below $25,000, you’ve been on a direct debit payment plan for 3 months or longer, you can apply to have your tax lien withdrawn. The experts at Highland Tax Group, Inc. can assist with this application.

Does an IRS Lien show up on my credit report?

Yes/No. Recently, the credit bureaus stopped harvesting data concerning IRS tax liens and reflecting the same lien on a credit report. However, if your tax lien was filed more than 1 year ago, the lien may still show up on your credit report

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