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IRS Identifies Debt Resolution Companies as Scams on 2020 Dirty Dozen List!

IRS Identifies Debt Resolution Companies as Scams on 2020 Dirty Dozen List!

The IRS unveils in IR-2020-160 their "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for 2020 which includes Offer in Compromise Mills and advises Americans to be vigilant to these threats.

Offer in Compromise Mills: Taxpayers need to wary of misleading tax debt resolution companies that can exaggerate chances to settle tax debts for “pennies on the dollar” through an Offer in Compromise (OIC). These offers are available for taxpayers who meet very specific criteria under law to qualify for reducing their tax bill. 
But Unscrupulous Companies Oversell The Program To Unqualified Candidates So They Can Collect A Hefty Fee From Taxpayers Already Struggling With Debt.

These scams are commonly called OIC “mills,” which cast a wide net for taxpayers, charge them pricey fees and churn out applications for a program they’re unlikely to qualify for. 

Although the OIC program helps thousands of taxpayers each year reduce their tax debt, not everyone qualifies for an OIC. In Fiscal Year 2019, there were 54,000 OICs submitted to the IRS. The agency accepted 18,000 of them resulting in a rejection rate of 67%.

Individual taxpayers can use the free online Offer in Compromise Pre-Qualifier tool to see if they qualify. The simple tool allows taxpayers to confirm eligibility and provides an estimated offer amount. Taxpayers can apply for an OIC without third-party representation; but the IRS reminds taxpayers that if they need help, they should be cautious about whom they hire.

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