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How do IRS payment plans work?

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2023 | Federal And State Tax Collections |

If you find yourself facing a tax bill that you are unable to pay in full, the IRS offers payment plans as a viable solution. These plans allow you to settle your tax debt over time, providing financial relief while ensuring compliance with your tax obligations.

Every taxpayer should understand the role of IRS tax payment plans.

Payment plan eligibility

Generally, taxpayers must meet specific limits on their combined tax obligations, interest and penalties to qualify for a payment plan. Those limits vary based on the type of payment plan you choose.

Not only that, but you must file all required tax returns. In addition, taxpayers involved in bankruptcy proceedings are ineligible for payment plans.

Payment plan options

The IRS offers different types of payment plans tailored to suit various financial situations. The most common is the short-term plan, allowing you to pay within 180 days. For longer-term needs, consider a streamlined installment agreement or a regular installment agreement, the latter requiring financial information disclosure.

Keep in mind that interest and penalties continue to accrue on the unpaid balance throughout the duration of the payment plan. Understanding these charges is essential for informed financial planning.

Payment plan modification

If you encounter unexpected financial difficulties, the IRS may modify or temporarily suspend your payment plan. However, it is imperative to communicate with the IRS promptly and proactively to discuss your situation and explore available options.

Nearly 3 million taxpayers set up payment agreements with the IRS in the last couple of years. IRS payment plans offer a lifeline for those grappling with tax debt, providing a structured and manageable approach to settling obligations. Consider your options to settle your outstanding tax debt.