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Tax Relief and the IRS "Fresh Start" Program

Finally recognizing that you cannot squeeze blood from a stone, in early 2011 the Internal Revenue Service offered some tax help and announced sweeping reforms to help taxpayers who were facing particularly hard times and need tax relief.Atlanta tax attorneys and taxpayers are cheering the changes.Ask your tax attorney or CPA about the IRS Fresh Start Program.

According to, these changes include:

  • "Significantly increasing the dollar threshold when liens are generally issued, resulting in fewer tax liens." The IRS is raising the limit to keep up with inflation and offer tax help. They will revisit these new criteria after a year or so to measure their effectiveness.
  • "Making it easier for taxpayers to obtain lien withdrawals after paying a tax bill." They are streamlining the process so agents can respond more quickly to tax help requests. An Atlanta tax lawyer can help you get this done.
  • "Withdrawing liens in most cases where a taxpayer enters into a Direct Debit Installment Agreement." If you owe less than $25,000 and have honored your direct debit agreement for a probationary period, the IRS will now consider lifting any liens on your property upon your Atlanta tax attorney's request for tax relief.
  • "Creating easier access to Installment Agreements for more struggling small businesses."The tax help cap is being raised from $10,000 to $25,000, allowing more small businesses and Atlanta tax lawyers to participate in streamlined installment agreements, if they can pay within 24 months.
  • "Expanding a streamlined Offer in Compromise program to cover more taxpayers." The qualifying debt load for tax relief is being doubled to $50,000 and now includes taxpayers with incomes up to $100,000. An Atlanta tax attorney can help you devise an OIC that the IRS will accept.

Make no mistake, you still have to pay. But the IRS is making it a little easier for some people and businesses to do so. An Atlanta tax lawyer can answer any questions you have.

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