IRS Offer in Compromise Help and Form Download

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Offer and Compromise is the most desirable solution for people with tax problems, but unfortunately the most difficult solution to obtain. When a tax payer goes against the IRS or state without an attorney representing them they are setting themselves up for catastrophic  failure. The IRS is the largest collection agency in the world with the broadest powers for collections and income and property seizures.

The most basic way to explain Offer and Compromise is: The IRS or state is willing to take less money for what is owed by the tax payer (see: taxable income) and consider their debt paid in full. The IRS definition of an Offer and Compromise is as follows:

Definition – What is offer in compromise?


An offer in compromise allows you to settle your tax debt for less than the full amount you owe. It may be a legitimate formal way to negotiate your tax debts with the Internal Revenue Service,  if you can’t pay your full tax liability, or doing so creates a financial hardship .

In the words of IRS, an “Offer-in-Compromise” allows you to settle your tax debt for less than the full amount you owe.

We consider your unique set of facts and circumstances:

  • Ability to pay;
  • Income;
  • Expenses; and
  • Asset equity.

We generally approve an offer in compromise when the amount offered represents the most we can expect to collect within a reasonable period of time. Explore all other payment options before submitting an offer in compromise. 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.

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Why Select a Tax Professional to handle your Offer in Compromise ?

Selecting a Tax Professional to handle your Offer in Compromise is the best option. Having an professional IRS tax attorney represent you before the IRS will help ensure that all letters and phone calls from the IRS are handled quickly and professionally. We will help you create a backup strategy for handling your tax debt. But in the end, it is up to the IRS to make a decision about your case.

You may also want to read: I owe the IRS years of back taxes, what are my options?

Want to Settle your IRS debt with an Offer in Compromise?

Submit your Offer

FORM 433A - FORM 656

Your completed offer package will include:

  • Form 433-A (OIC) (individuals) or 433-B (OIC) (businesses) and all required documentation as specified on the forms;
  • Form 656(s) – individual and business tax debt (Corporation/ LLC/ Partnership) must be submitted on separate Form 656;
  • $186 application fee (non-refundable); and
  • Initial payment (non-refundable) for each Form 656.

If you meet the Low Income Certification guidelines, you do not have to send the application fee or the initial payment and you will not need to make monthly installments during the evaluation of your offer. See your application package for details.

While your offer is being evaluated:

  • Your non-refundable payments and fees will be applied to the tax liability (you may designate payments to a specific tax year and tax debt);
  • A Notice of Federal Tax Lien may be filed;
  • Other collection activities are suspended;
  • The legal assessment and collection period is extended;
  • Make all required payments associated with your offer;
  • You are not required to make payments on an existing installment agreement; and
  • Your offer is automatically accepted if the IRS does not make a determination within two years of the IRS receipt date.

As you can see the IRS laws are not only confusing , but limiting to a tax payer who does not have the expertise and experience in submitting an Offer and Compromise. Hiring an attorney to compose and paint the best picture for the IRS or state to review for an Offer and Compromise is the best chance for an Offer to be accepted. Our tax debt solutions works best for you.


From our experience when a tax payer submits an Offer without the help of an attorney the chances of them getting their offer accepted is under 20%. Once an Offer is rejected not only has the tax payer not received the Offer and Compromise they were hoping for; they have given the IRS or state a roadmap to their assets and how they can go about collecting the total amount of the money owed, plus penalties and interest.

The application alone is thirty two (32) pages, and more than half of them submitted to the IRS are incomplete or incorrect and returned unprocessed. If you want to see what the current Offer and Compromise application looks like, See here : . Be warned that a non-attorney attempting to complete the application is equivalent to a non-medical person attempting brain surgery. Don’t fall victim to the IRS goals of having you fill out the application and giving them all the information they need to take what you have worked so hard for.

There is no reason why any tax payer should go against the IRS or state without representation. A tax relief attorney who specializes in Offers and Compromises and deals with the IRS and their revenue officers on a daily basis is a tax payers best chance in getting an Offer accepted. As the old adage goes, a person who represents themselves in court, has a fool for a client.