May 08, 2023
You’ve probably heard ads on the radio, scrolled passed ads online, or seen television commercials touting “the amazing, limited-time Fresh Start programs being offered by the IRS.” Every time I hear, blow past or see ads spewing this nonsense, my eyes roll harder than a teenage girl’s. Let me debunk this “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you don’t want to let pass by…”
First and foremost, the Fresh Start Initiative was introduced WWWWAAAAYYYY back in 2011. And it’s not a “program” in the common use of the word. It’s a group of policy changes enacted by the Federal Government to ease the manner in which taxpayers can address their past due taxes owed. There’s no code word, secret handshake, or sign you need to flash to have a taxpayer benefit from these policy changes… they just are the expanded options available to all taxpayers if they qualify for the different resolution options to address a past-due tax balance.
To those of us in the tax world, the changes enacted with the Fresh Start Initiative are dubbed “common sense.” Instead of only allowing taxpayers to address their past due taxes owed if they agreed to rigorous and demanding terms most taxpayers couldn’t meet (24 months to pay off a tax debt in an Installment Agreement, for example), it expanded the timeframes, options, and considerations given to each account.
The Fresh Start Initiative loosened the rigid requirements of the IRS Collections Department in three main collection areas: Installment Agreements, Offers in Compromise, and Federal Tax Liens. Here are some of the changes made that carry the biggest impact:
In summary, though the Fresh Start Initiative had a decent-sized impact on how taxpayers could address their past-due tax liabilities, it isn’t what many of the advertisements claim: it’s not a limited-time offer, it isn’t part of a secret, all-access pass one tax debt resolution company has over all the others, and it certainly isn’t part of a “buy one, get one free” deal. It’s a legitimate policy change that will remain in effect until the next round of sweeping tax debt collection changes is enacted by our Federal Government.
If you or your client has a tax debt situation, contact the Golden Lion Tax Solutions team. With over 23 years of experience resolving all manners of individual and business tax debt account issues, we are the experts at properly qualifying a taxpayer for the best resolution for their unique situation.
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