Can you Really pay Less Than you owe to the IRS With an Offer in Compromise?

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The truth behind reducing your IRS debt.

It is not uncommon for a taxpayer to wipe out over 90% of their IRS debt

Many have heard that an Offer in Compromise can reduce your IRS tax debt. As the tax deadline looms, millions of taxpayers don't just worry about filing their taxes, their main concern is that the IRS says they owe thousands of dollars of back taxes. When taxpayers are unable to pay their debt to the IRS, they don't know what to do. A taxpayer can find out everything about resolving their IRS tax debt for free at

As taxpayers look for a solution to resolve their IRS problem, many are attracted to the advertisements by tax firms that offer reduce their tax debt. They constantly hear on TV the pitchmen saying they can pay pennies on the dollar to resolve their tax debt to the IRS. Most of the advertisements to reduce IRS debt are from high priced firms that persuade taxpayers by using fear of the IRS and offering taxpayers hope. An IRS resolution company will only take on clients that are capable of paying large fees ranging from $3,000 to $7,000. On top of that, many of these firms do a poor job of servicing their clients. A quick check with the Better Business Bureau or a search on Google is all it takes to find out these firms are only good at separating the taxpayer from their money.

The most common and successful way to reduce a tax debt is using the IRS Offer in Compromise. And it's true; the Offer in Compromise can actually reduce an IRS debt. It is not uncommon for a taxpayer to wipe out over 90% of their IRS debt. The Offer in Compromise was a mandate from Congress to help people that can't afford to pay their IRS debt. The Offer in Compromise is based on a mathematical formula. A taxpayer can see if they qualify for an Offer in Compromise by using the free Offer in Compromise Calculator at

When looking for solutions to reduce an IRS tax debt, many will hear there are other solutions. A misleading method is using an interest and penalty Abatement. An Abatement can only be used under very rare circumstances. Another method that is talked about is applying for an IRS Hardship. A Hardship is actually using an IRS Installment Agreement with submitting a zero dollar amount as the monthly payment. If accepted, this will only delay the collection process and does not reduce the amount owed to the IRS.

There are many legitimate services for resolving an IRS debt such a reputable tax law firm. However, a tax attorney can be expensive. If a taxpayer owes less than $25,000, it may be practical to resolve their IRS problem themselves. The forms are available on the IRS website and taxpayers can get additional free help on the website. Another good resource is using the which helps the taxpayer through the entire process of producing an Offer in Compromise or an Installment Agreement. The website includes instructional videos and easy to answer questions and providing the ability to print out the necessary completed forms, what to do and how to mail the documents to them to the IRS. is a free service provided by IRS Express, Inc.

For more information, please contact:
Donald Westland
Vice President of Marketing
IRS Express, Inc
9100 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 601 East Tower
Beverly Hills, CA 90212


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