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IRS Fresh Start Initiative – Get the Clean Slate You Deserve!

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What is the IRS Fresh Start Initiative?

Introduced in 2008, the IRS Fresh Start Initiative helps taxpayers by allowing them to pay off their tax debt over time. It can also help taxpayers avoid the consequences of unpaid tax debt, such as tax penalties, interest, tax levies, tax liens, asset seizure, and wage garnishment.

Once referred to as the Fresh Start Program, the Fresh Start Initiative is actually an updated set of guidelines for pre-existing IRS programs that help more people qualify for some much-needed tax debt relief. The two most common repayment options under the Fresh Start Program are extended installment agreements and Offer in Compromise (OIC). With an extended installment agreement, if you owe $50,000 or less, you can make monthly payments over six years without worrying about additional penalties and interest. Under OIC, you can potentially settle your tax debt for less than you owe.

Do I Qualify for the IRS Fresh Start Initiative Program?

There are several tax relief programs offered through the IRS Fresh Start Initiative, and each has its own set of qualifications. In general, however, all taxpayers must meet these minimum requirements:

  • Self-employed applicants must provide proof a 25% reduction in income

  • Tax debt owed must not exceed $50,000 at the end of the tax year

  • All required tax returns must be filed

If you have any unfiled returns from previous years, those must be submitted before you can request any relief through the Fresh Start Program. To assist with the process, it’s a good idea to work with a tax professional, such as those at Tax Defense Network, to ensure you meet all the IRS Fresh Start guidelines. We can help you with unfiled taxes, as well as determining which program is best for you.

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