Monday, March 07, 2011

Is the IRS "Lien"ing on You?

The IRS recently announced changes to the lien filing process and OIC (Offer in Compromise) changes that are suppose to help taxpayers meet their tax obligations. The changes are the following:

1. The dollar threshold for when liens are generally issued is being increased, to at least $10,000 in back taxes. The previous threshold was $5,000.

2. The IRS will make it easier to withdraw a lien once a person pays off their tax debt. However, the withdrawal is not automatic. Once full payment is made, you will have to request the lien be removed. To speed up the withdrawal process, the IRS will streamline its procedures to allow collection personnel to withdraw liens.

3. The IRS will withdraw liens in most cases where a taxpayer signs up for a direct debit installment agreement, which means the IRS will pull the money directly out of your bank account. If you currently have an installment agreement but switch to a direct debit agreement, you can request that the lien be withdrawn. There is a catch. The IRS says liens will be withdrawn after a probationary period to make sure the direct debit is working.

4. Small businesses with $25,000 or less in unpaid taxes can now get an installment agreement over 24 months. It used to be that only small businesses with under $10,000 in liabilities could participate.

5. The IRS will revise the Offer in Compromise rules to allow participation by taxpayers with annual incomes up to $100,000. In addition, those with a tax liability of up to $50,000 may now submit an offer, double the old limit of $25,000 or less.

The Tech Accountant

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