Author Topic: Any experience with Offer in Compromise in settling an IRS debt?  (Read 587 times)


  • Bristles
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Hoping I can benefit from the collective mustachian wisdom here. My beloved sibling, who has all sorts of money issues, recently divulged that they and their spouse owe the IRS 14k+. They donít make a lot of money and I know the debt is a huge burden. Has anyone settled their IRS debt successfully or helped someone? Any tips to share?

Thank you very much.


  • Stubble
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Re: Any experience with Offer in Compromise in settling an IRS debt?
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2018, 08:15:07 AM »
I don't have any personal direct experience, but my understanding is that they won't bother negotiating over such a small amount.  Offers in Compromise are for when the tax debt is so large, and the taxpayers income and asset base is so small, that the Service has little hope of collecting the balance.  They can get the $14k through wage garnishments pretty easily, so they have no incentive to compromise.

What they can do is set up a payment plan with the IRS, and spread that $14k over 5 years.  They'll get charged interest, but rates are low these days.  The conditions are: 1) they have to stay current on taxes going forward, and 2) they can't miss a payment.  Blow either of those and the remaining balance is due immediately, and it goes back into the collections process.

How did they amass such a debt if they don't make a lot of money?  Are you sure their returns were prepared correctly?