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IRS Tax Relief For Unemployed & Self-Employed

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Attorney, March 2012 Add to Favorites
Today, the IRS announced a plan to help taxpayers who: (1) are unemployed at least 30 consecutive days during 2011 or in 2012 up to the April 17 deadline; OR (2) are self-employed but have reduced business income of at least 25% in 2011. Under the plan, qualifying taxpayers can file IRS Form 1127A which will give a 6 month grace period (until October 15, 2012) for the qualifying taxpayer to pay his or her outstanding tax bill. To qualify for relief, the eligible taxpayer’s income cannot exceed $100,000 if filing as single or head of household, and cannot exceed $200,000 if married filing jointly. Absent relief, a taxpayer is assessed the failure-to-pay penalty which is generally 5% per month up to 25%. Under this program, the taxpayers can avoid that 5% monthly penalty until October 15, 2012, but the taxpayer will still be required to pay the 3% annual interest on the unpaid balance.

In addition, the IRS has announced that taxpayers who owe up to $50,000 in back taxes will now be able to enter into a streamlined installment agreements to catch up on any back taxes owed. Effective today (March 7, 2012). Under the streamlined installment agreement plan, Taxpayers must pay off their negotiated tax debt within 72 months, up from the prior maximum term limit of 60-months. Taxpayers can set up an installment agreement with the IRS by going to the On-line Payment Agreement (OPA) page on and following the instructions.

Finally the IRS has reemphasized that it has also expanded a new streamlined Offer in Compromise (OIC) program to help struggling taxpayers negotiate an agreement between the taxpayer and the IRS to settle the taxpayer’s tax liabilities for less than the full amount owed. For more information on Offers in Compromise see IRS Offers in Compromise and an IRS instructional video entitled, "How to Complete IRS Form 656: Offer in Compromise."

Tags: Unemployed Taxpayer Relief
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Located in Los Angeles, California, the Law Office of Melissa C. Marsh handles business law and corporation law matters as a lawyer for clients throughout Los Angeles including Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Valley Village, North Hollywood, Woodland Hills, Hollywood, West LA as well as Riverside County, San Fernando, Ventura County, and Santa Clarita. Attorney Melissa C. Marsh has considerable experience handling business matters both nationally and internationally. We routinely assist our clients with incorporation, forming a California corporation, forming a California llc, partnership, annual minutes, shareholder meetings, director meetings, getting a taxpayer ID number (EIN), buying a business, selling a business, commercial lease review, employee disputes, independent contractors, construction, and personal matters such as preparing a will, living trust, power of attorney, health care directive, and more.