An offer in compromise is a great way to get a fresh start and out from under a large tax liability. The IRS does look at assets available and ability to pay in order to come to a reasonable offer amount to settle past liabilities. While this seems simple, there are nuances along the road and professional guidance is a good idea. Below are good preliminary steps to be aware of during the initial stages of the process.
If you owe money to the Internal Revenue Service or your state Department of Revenue, that liability does not go away easily. If you do not make proper arrangements to pay the liability, government agencies have very powerful tools to get your attention.
Most taxpayers have adequate withholding and receive a refund every year. What if there is a balance due? Many taxpayers make the mistake of not filing a tax return. Unfortunately, that creates many other problems and the issues do not go away.