Q: I have a court ordered judgment against me from my divorce. Can I use this amount in my Offer to Compromise
A: Court ordered payments are allowed. Having said that the IRS will look at any income that will become available after an expense is paid off within the statute of limitations. Unless you have a very simple financial picture, you would be better off hiring someone to help you submit the Offer. I have frequently gotten Offers approved after a client has tried to submit one on their own. If you decide to hire someone, stay away from the places you see advertised on TV.
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The IRS has a very useful tool on its website to help a person determine if they may qualify with their "Offer in Compromise Pre-Qualifier Tool."
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