The Offer in Compromise Application Process

Embarking on the journey to resolve your tax debt through the IRS Offer in Compromise (OIC) program can be both daunting and rewarding. In this blog post, we will provide you with a comprehensive roadmap to navigate the OIC application process successfully. From gathering the necessary documents to understanding the timeline and potential delays, we’ll walk you through each step to ensure a smooth and effective application.

Gathering the Necessary Documents:

Identifying the required documentation to support your financial situation and tax debt.

Organizing relevant financial records, including income, expenses, assets, and liabilities.

Ensuring accuracy and completeness of all supporting documents.

Completing Form 656, Offer in Compromise:

Understanding the purpose and sections of Form 656.

Providing accurate and detailed information about your tax debt, financial situation, and payment proposal.

Consulting IRS guidelines and seeking professional assistance to complete the form accurately.

Submitting Your Application and Required Fees:

Reviewing the submission requirements and double-checking the completeness of your application.

Paying the necessary application fee and any required initial payment as specified by the IRS.

Utilizing secure and reliable methods to submit your application, such as certified mail or electronic submission options.

Understanding the Timeline and Potential Delays:

Familiarizing yourself with the typical processing times for OIC applications.

Acknowledging potential delays caused by IRS workload, backlogs, or additional information requests.

Maintaining open communication with the IRS and promptly responding to any requests for clarification or documentation.


The Offer in Compromise application process can be complex, but with proper guidance, it becomes a manageable journey toward tax debt resolution. By gathering the necessary documents, completing Form 656 accurately, submitting your application with the required fees, and understanding the timeline and potential delays, you can navigate the process with confidence. Remember, seeking professional assistance and staying proactive in your communication with the IRS will increase your chances of a successful OIC application.

Stay tuned for our upcoming blogs, where we will continue to explore the Offer in Compromise program and provide valuable insights on negotiating your tax debt.

This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered professional tax or financial advice. For personalized guidance regarding your tax situation, it is recommended to consult with a qualified tax professional.
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