HOW LONG IS THE IRS STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS?
In general, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has 10 years to collect unpaid tax debt. After that, the debt is wiped clean from its books and the IRS writes it off. This is called the 10 Year Statute of Limitations. It is not in the financial interest of the IRS to make this statute widely known. Therefore, many taxpayers with unpaid tax bills are unaware this statute of limitations exists. However, toward the end of the Collection Statute Expiration Date (CSED), the agency will likely become even more aggressive in its collection actions.
The “waiting it out” strategy is not recommended for all tax debtors, however. The 10-year period is a long time. Some, for example, may not be able to continue to operate their business with the standard measures enforced by the IRS to collect. Attempting to utilize an imminent CSED as an IRS tax debt strategy should only be considered while under the guidance of a licensed tax relief specialist like Tennex Tax Solutions .
What other options are there?
There are several. One is to have a tax relief professional negotiate with the IRS a potential reduction in the total tax debt. Another is to have that tax expert establish with the IRS an installment payment plan that is financially feasible and that takes advantage of the CSED. A third is to have the tax relief professional present a hardship case to the IRS.
During that process, a tax professional can request that the IRS stop collection procedures ranging from liens on property to garnishment of wages. Being in debt to the IRS does not mean being in continual financial distress. There are proven ways to manage IRS tax debt. However, a common error for those unable or unwilling to pay their taxes is to simply do nothing.
Research and experience both show people who consult with a tax relief expert early on have fewer financial, business and personal repercussions. Fortunately, most tax relief professionals like Tennex Tax Solutions provide confidential consultations prior to full-on representation. During the free tax consultation, a tax debtor and tax professional can together understand the scope of the tax problem, discuss the precise options available, and determine how to best resolve the matter together.