IRS Tax Installment Agreement

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) encourages taxpayers to pay off their back tax liability all at once, but for those who feel it is too financially burdensome can use an installment agreement plan. It is an agreement you make directly with the agency to pay your federal tax bill over a certain amount of time. So, if you don’t quality for IRS Offer in Compromise services, then Installment Agreement Plan would be great alternative for you!

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There are 4 types of Installment agreements available through the IRS:

There are 4 types of Installment agreements available through the IRS:

01. Guaranteed Installment Agreement

02. Partial Installment Agreement

03. Streamlined Installment Agreement

04. Non-Streamlined Installment Agreement Plan

Guaranteed/ Fresh Start Installment Agreement

To qualify for what the IRS calls the “guaranteed” installment agreement plan, the taxpayer must be live up to the following requirements:

  • The taxpayer should owe less than 10,000 USD. This sum does not include the interests on the tax and the penalties for late tax payments.
  • The taxpayer cannot pay the tax liability within the due date.
  • The taxpayer has been making regular payments
  • If taxpayer cannot pay the tax immediately
  • Agree to file and pay all tax returns during the term of the agreement; and
  • Have not entered into an installment agreement during any of the preceding five taxable years.

If you meet the criteria outlined, the IRS typically doesn’t file a federal tax lien. However, if you do not qualify for the guaranteed installment agreement, you may still qualify for a streamlined installment agreement and avoid a federal tax lien filing.

 

Partial payment
Installment Agreement

A partial payment plan allows the IRS to make all the arrangements with taxpayers to start paying partial payments on their tax liability. This amount is going to be a legally agreed-on amount between the taxpayers and the IRS.

First of all, you need to complete a financial statement following Form 443-F to record your income and expenses. After that, the IRS will review and verify your information. In case you have assets that can be sold to pay off your debt, the IRS may require additional information from you.

After approval, you need to be agreed to a financial review every 2 months until the whole payment is completed. These reviews can cause your monthly payments to increase or it can also result in the agreement being terminated, only if the IRS determines that you are earning enough to pay your taxes in one go.

Streamlined
Installment Agreement Plan

For the most part, the qualification requirements for this plan are quite similar to the guaranteed installment plan, but there are a few additional requirements. Eligibility requirements for this tax payment plan are:

  • The taxpayer should not owe more than 50,000 USD in tax payments. This sum includes the interest and penalties on the owed amount.
  • The total owed sum should be paid by the taxpayer within 6 years (i.e., 72 months)
  • The monthly payment agreed by the taxpayer should at least be equal to the minimum acceptable payment.

In this plan, the taxpayer is bound to pay a set-up fee for the plan. If you are a part of any previous tax payment plan and want to restructure the plan, you will have  to pay a fee (which varies from taxpayer to taxpayer).

 

Non-Streamlined
Installment Agreement Plan

Most people who qualify for a Guaranteed Installment Agreement also qualify for a Streamlined Installment Agreement, but with a few added requirements:

  • The liability, interest and penalties you owe do not exceed $50,000.
  • You can pay the balance within 6 years (72months)
  • Your proposed payment must be greater or equal to the minimum acceptable payment (calculated by dividing your liability, interest and penalties by 50).

Note: The IRS won’t file a federal tax lien (similar to guaranteed) as long as the taxpayer covers a fee in order to set up their agreement.

When will the contract be terminated?

How to make IRS Installment Payment?

There are certain ways taxpayers can make IRS installment payments and here are a few of the ways:

  • Payroll deduction
  • Direct debit
  • Check or money order
  • Electronic federal tax payment system
  • Credit card
  • Online Payment Agreement

Moreover, you can pay IRS monthly payment, so you can manage other expenses as well along with paying installment.

When will the IRS Revoke an IRS Installment Payment? 

The contract will be valid as long as the taxpayer pays the agreed-upon installments regularly. Missing a payment can be a reason for the IRS to terminate the contract. Here are some of the conditions in which the IRS can revoke an installment arrangement:

  • If the taxpayers miss a payment. 
  • If the taxpayer doesn’t file a tax return or pay taxes after the agreement is entered into. 
  • If taxpayer-provided inaccurate information on Form 433-F.
  • Or if the taxpayer is paying under a partial payment installment agreement and a review indicates a change in their financial position.

Can’t pay your Taxes? Well, Don’t Stress out Get help from Tax Attorney

Paying an IRS Installment Payment can be very stressful and if you are not well versed in the tax code, oftentimes unexpected. In case you are still worrying about an installment agreement with the IRS and have questions regarding anything like a streamlined or non-streamlined agreement, you can contact a tax attorney from My tax Settlement in San Diego. We have a team of professionals and our mission is to provide top-notch tax settlement offers to our clients at the most commendable charges!

 

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