IRS Offer In Compromise: The Deemed Acceptance Rules

The IRS has missed just about every deadline in the past few years. Most of the IRS’s employees have basically been on paid vacation for the past few years. When Covid-19 first emerged, IRS employees were sent home. They were paid not to work. While private-sector employees scrambled to find ways to work, many IRS…

IRS Collectors Influence on Settlemet Offer

Irs Collectors Influence On Settlemet Offer

The IRS makes decisions about tax returns, back taxes, etc. These decisions may be made by one or more persons within the IRS. These decisions may be made by IRS employees whose job functions and missions are not the same. This is most evident in the context of IRS audits. The IRS auditor’s mission is…

Tax Debts & the Dreaded Dissipated Asset

Tax Debts & The Dissipated Asset

It is very difficult to run a business and to do so in full compliance with all of our laws. Having worked with thousands of business owners, the message is the same. Something always seems to give. If the business focuses on the operational side of the business to comply with industry regulations or to…

Offer in Compromise Extends IRS Collection Time

When you owe the IRS back taxes, sometimes it is best to wait for the IRS’s collection statute to expire. This wait-and-see approach involves waiting to see if the IRS attempts to collect the tax debt. Sometimes the IRS doesn’t even bother to take any action to collect unpaid taxes. To succeed, it is important…

Discharging Taxes in Bankruptcy vs. Settling with the IRS

Discharging Taxes In Bankruptcy Vs. Settling With The Irs

Bankruptcy can be one of the best methods for resolving tax debts. This is particularly true if the taxpayer’s primary assets only consist of retirement accounts and equity in a personal residence. The recent In re Moore, No. 15-42046 (Bankr. E.D. Tex. Jul. 7, 2016), case presents an opportunity to consider the results if the…

Informal Offer in Compromise? Is There Such a Thing?

Informal Offer In Compromise? Is There Such A Thing?

What if you reach an oral agreement with the IRS to settle the tax debt, but then the IRS back tracks on the agreement? If you didn’t submit the offer on a Form 656, do you have any rights? The court addresses this in Bergdale v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2014-152. Facts & Procedural History Mr.…

Example of How the IRS Evaluates Offer in Compromise for Doubt as to Collectibility

Example Of How The Irs Evaluates Offer In Compromise For Doubt As To Collectibility

In Zumo v. Commissioner, T.C. Summary Opinion 2013-66, the U.S. Tax Court concluded that the IRS was correct in rejecting an offer in compromise based on doubt as to collectibility. The case provides a good overview of the IRS collection process and how the IRS evaluates offers in compromise. Facts & Procedural History Dr. Zumo…

Offer in Compromise Rejected Where Records of Household Member Not Provided

Offer In Compromise Rejected Where Records Of Household Member Not Provided

In Winters v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2012-183, the U.S. Tax Court concluded that the IRS correctly rejected an offer in compromise submitted based on doubt as to collectibility based in part on the taxpayer not providing records to establish the income of a person who resided in his home. Facts & Procedural History Mr. Winters…

Offer in Compromise: Documenting the Value of Assets

Offer In Compromise: Documenting The Value Of Assets

The IRS carefully examines the value of the taxpayer’s assets when it considers whether to accept an offer in compromise based on doubt as to collectiblity. Even a few dollars can result in a rejected offer. Substantiation is key. The Wright v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2008-259, case is an example. It involves a $2,000 offer…

Offer in Compromise Deemed Accepted by the IRS

Offer In Compromise: The Coming Storm?

The IRS consumes volumes of information. It processes this information largely by processing paper forms. This includes paper forms submitted by you, the taxpayer and your tax attorneys, and by internal forms created by IRS employees. This inefficient paper form submission and processing is complemented by an insistence on sending taxpayer notices by mail. The…