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Understanding the Offer in Compromise Program

offer in compromise image An Offer in Compromise (OIC) is a tax settlement option provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state tax authorities to assist individuals and businesses facing financial hardship. This program allows taxpayers to settle their tax liabilities for less than the full amount owed under certain circumstances.

How to Apply for an Offer in Compromise

To apply for an OIC, taxpayers must submit a detailed application, which includes a complete financial disclosure of assets, liabilities, income, and expenses. The IRS requires this information to assess the taxpayer’s ability to pay the tax debt. The application process also involves submitting various forms, such as Form 656 and Form 433-A (OIC) for individuals or Form 433-B (OIC) for businesses.

Key Considerations and Requirements

Before applying for an OIC, it is essential to ensure that all tax returns have been filed and all required tax payments for the current year have been made. The IRS will not consider an OIC application if the taxpayer is not in compliance with these requirements.

The success of an OIC application depends on several factors, including the taxpayer’s ability to pay, income, expenses, and asset equity. The IRS also considers the taxpayer’s overall circumstances, including any economic hardship, to determine whether the OIC is in the best interest of both the taxpayer and the government.

Settlement Terms and Payment Options

If the IRS accepts an OIC, the taxpayer must adhere to the terms of the agreement, which include making the agreed-upon payments and remaining in compliance with all tax laws for a specified period. The IRS offers payment options such as lump sum cash and periodic payment plans to settle the tax debt.

Navigating the Process

The process of applying for and negotiating an OIC can be complex and time-consuming. It is advisable to seek guidance from tax professionals who are experienced in tax negotiation and settlement. These professionals can provide valuable assistance in preparing the application, negotiating with the IRS, and ensuring that all legal and procedural requirements are met.


An Offer in Compromise can provide a lifeline for taxpayers facing financial difficulties, allowing them to settle their tax liabilities for less than the full amount owed. However, it is important to understand the eligibility requirements, application process, and potential consequences before pursuing this option. Consulting with a qualified tax professional can help navigate the complexities of the OIC program and increase the chances of a successful outcome.

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