Understanding Your Options: Navigating the Different Types of IRS Payment Plans

Feb 09, 2023

If you're facing a tax debt that you're unable to pay in full, don't panic – there are several options available to help you manage your debt. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers several types of payment plans to help taxpayers who are struggling to pay their tax bills.

Here's a look at some of the most common payment plans offered by the IRS:

Short-Term Payment Plan (Due in 120 Days or Less)

If you're able to pay your tax debt in full within 120 days, you can apply for a short-term payment plan. This option allows you to pay your debt in full without incurring additional fees. However, interest and penalties will continue to accrue on your debt until it's paid in full.

Long-Term Payment Plan (Installment Agreement)

If you're unable to pay your tax debt in full within 120 days, you can apply for a long-term payment plan. This option allows you to pay your debt over a longer period of time, typically in monthly installments. There is a fee to set up this type of plan, and you will also be charged interest on the outstanding balance.

Partial Payment Installment Agreement

The Partial Payment Installment Agreement allows you to pay your tax debt over a longer period of time, but you'll only pay a portion of the debt in full. This option may be appropriate if you're unable to pay your debt in full but can afford to make monthly payments towards a portion of the debt.

Currently Not Collectible Status

If the IRS determines that you cannot afford to pay your tax debt, you may be eligible for Currently Not Collectible status. This status means that the IRS will not pursue collection action against you for a period of time. However, your financial situation will be reviewed annually to determine if your circumstances have changed.

Offer in Compromise

An Offer in Compromise is an agreement between you and the IRS to settle your tax debt for less than the total amount you owe. To be eligible, you must demonstrate that you cannot pay the total amount and that an Offer in Compromise is your best option. This option may be appropriate if you have a large tax debt and cannot afford to pay it in full.

If you're struggling to pay your tax bill, it's important to act promptly and contact the IRS to discuss your options. The IRS provides several resources to help you understand your payment options, including their website, toll-free telephone number, and local offices.

In conclusion, several payment plans are available to help you manage your tax debt. To determine which plan is best for you, it's important to consider your financial situation, the amount of debt you owe, and your ability to make monthly payments. Don't hesitate to reach out to the IRS for help – they're here to assist you and find a solution that works for you.

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IRS Payment Plan Information: https://www.irs.gov/payments/payment-plans-installment-agreements

Short-Term Payment Plan: https://www.irs.gov/payments/online-payment-agreement-application

Long-Term Payment Plan: https://www.irs.gov/payments/online-payment-agreement-application

Currently Not Collectible Status: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/currently-not-collectible

Offer in Compromise: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/offer