Grand Rapids, MI asked in Tax Law for Michigan

Q: IRS Back Taxes, cannot afford to pay them, these date back to 2009-2011 have gone into collection need advise

I know that I have read that you can make payments up to 6 years, however when calculating these I cannot afford to make payments like this, at all I am 55 years old, and have nothing. It was all bad tax advice in the day.

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Linda Simmons Campbell
Linda Simmons Campbell
Answered
  • Tax Law Lawyer
  • Burlington, CT

A: You need to hire a good tax attorney. Most of us offer a free consultation. Stay away from the places you see advertised on TV. A tax attorney can frequently do better for you then you can do on your own. If you cannot pay monthly towards your debt they can get you put into currently not collectible status. If you can afford to pay something towards your debt they can help set up a partial payment installment agreement.

Bruce Alexander Minnick agrees with this answer

Andrew M Steiger
Andrew M Steiger
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  • Tax Law Lawyer
  • Grosse Pointe, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Contact a tax attorney who will review your compliance transcript and finances to determine the proper course of action. Currently not collectible status may be an option, but also consider an OIC or partial pay installment agreement. You should also raise any state tax issues you have as well as whether you are current with your 2018 returns and 2019 tax payments or withholding. Whatever pan you develop, you need to know what future requirements you will have for payments and filings, and do not fall out of compliance with those.

Bruce Alexander Minnick agrees with this answer

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