by Jay Freeborne , Enrolled Agent
January 29, 2016

The pitfalls of an installment agreement with the IRS are you have to make payments (of course) while also staying current on your taxes. If you fail to do one or the other, you will eventually receive a IRS Notice of Intent to Terminate Installment Agreement - CP523 which resumes collections against you. But from the vantage point of your licensed tax professionals at Washington Tax - the CP523 letter can often be a big positive for our client - allowing for a complete "re-think" of the resolution of your tax problem.

Here's some examples of why a Default Might be A Great Thing for your Tax Case,

1. By owing more taxes (2014 and 2015 for example), the new taxes could make you now qualify for an Offer in Compromise. Previously your lower balance of taxes due, $15,000, for example, disqualified you from an OIC. Now that you owe $40,000 you might hit a new threshold.

2. Perhaps the fact you couldn't afford your monthly payments is an indicator that you are now an Offer in Compromise or Currently Not Collectible candidate.

3. Finally in 2016 - people are often defaulting their agreements due to non-payment for 2014 taxes. But that doesn't even factor in that you might owe taxes for 2015! A "re-think" of your case might have the triple whammy of addressing your old taxes, 2014 taxes and 2015 taxes as well. That's pretty sweet.

4. Defaults offer advantages in timing as well. We usually have several weeks to sort out our options without the consequences of levies.

We love Defaulted IRS Agreements. Call us for a free evaluation of your tax problem - 1-888-282-4697 or EMAIL us your tax issue and we'll contact you. Staff of Washington Tax Services - nearly 30 years in business.

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