An enrolled agent is a person who has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. Enrolled agents, like attorneys and certified public accountants (CPAs), are generally unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and which IRS offices they can represent clients before.
A federal tax lien is the government’s legal claim against your property when you neglect or fail to pay a tax debt. The lien protects the government’s interest in all your property, including real estate, personal property and financial assets. Learn More Here.
Assets — A lien attaches to all your assets (such as property, securities, vehicles) and to future assets acquired during the duration of the lien.
Credit — Once the IRS files a Notice of Federal Tax Lien, it may limit your ability to get credit.
Business — The lien attaches to all business property and to all rights to business property, including accounts receivable.
Bankruptcy — If you file for bankruptcy, your tax debt, lien, and Notice of Federal Tax Lien may continue after the bankruptcy.
An offer in compromise allows you to settle your tax debt for less than the full amount you owe. It may be a legitimate option if you can’t pay your full tax liability or doing so creates a financial hardship. The IRS will consider your unique set of facts and circumstances: The Offer in Compromise program is not for everyone. If you hire a tax professional to help you file an offer, be sure to check his or her qualifications.
Installment agreements are one of your options if you can’t pay your taxes in full when they’re due. These agreements are payment plans and allow you to pay your debt over a time you establish with the IRS.
A partial pay installment agreement is a payment plan with the IRS that allows you to pay off a portion of your taxes owed in monthly payments until the tax liability expires. The IRS only has 10 years to collect on a tax balance from the time the tax return is filed. After that, the balance is forgiven.
Having an account placed in uncollectible status allows the taxpayer to remain current in tax compliance without worrying about enforcement action and allows a taxpayer to recover from a financial setback. The IRS may designate an account as being in uncollectible status for the short or long term.