IRS Fresh Start Program helps taxpayers who owe the IRS. Under certain circumstances, taxpayers can have their federal tax debt partially forgiven. When the IRS considers forgiving tax debt, the financial situation of the taxpayer is a primary criteria. Basically, the IRS cannot collect more than a taxpayer can pay.
Taxpayers that have the financial resources to pay only a partial amount of their federal tax debt can apply for the IRS government payment plan called an Offer in Compromise (OIC) to resolve the remaining debt. Considering the financial capacity of the taxpayer, the IRS might significantly reduce the total debt to an amount that the taxpayer able to pay. The reduced tax debt amount can be paid in a lump sum or in fixed monthly installments.
There are strict qualification requirements for an OIC and not everyone who owes thousands of dollars to the IRS will qualify for the program. Refer to our “Avoid Scam” section to make sure you stay away from fraudulent companies that promise you an Offer in Compromise, without first analyzing your specific tax situation, and preparing the necessary forms for the IRS, since the IRS is the only one that can approve an OIC.
The IRS Fresh Start program makes it easier for taxpayers to pay back taxes and avoid tax liens
To make it easier for taxpayers to qualify for the Tax Debt Forgiveness Program, the IRS has expanded their Fresh Start initiative. Under IRS new flexible rules, taxpayers do not have to disclose extensive financial details to the IRS to qualify their paying ability. The Fresh Start initiative offers taxpayers the following ways to pay their tax debt: