Tax Tip: Outstanding Tax Bill? Consider an Offer in Compromise

An Offer in Compromise is a federal tax program allowing taxpayers to enter into an agreement with the IRS to settle their tax debt for less than they owe. This agreement is an option when taxpayers can’t pay their full tax liabilities or when paying the entire balance owed would cause financial hardship. The goal is a compromise that suits the best interests of both parties.

The IRS considers various circumstances when reviewing OIC applications, including the applicant’s:

  • Income
  • Expenses
  • Asset equity

There is also an application to apply for an OIC. Taxpayers who meet the definition of a low-income taxpayer don’t have to pay this fee.

*This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.

Tip adapted from IRS.gov5

Footnotes and Sources

  1., October 18, 2022