What Is the IRS Fresh Start Program?

Many people have heard of the IRS Fresh Start program, but they don’t know what it really is or how it helps them. The truth is the Fresh Start initiative created many helpful programs. These programs allow taxpayers to resolve back taxes in ways that were not available before.

When you owed back taxes prior to this initiative, there were limited ways you could resolve your debt. Now, there are multiple ways to resolve your tax issues—because of this program. So what is the IRS Fresh Start program?

What Did the IRS Fresh Start Initiative Make Possible?

The IRS Fresh Start initiative changed many of the rules and laws that were in effect, and this time the new rules were changed in a way that benefitted the taxpayer. Some of the major changes created programs that are still used today to resolve taxpayers’ back tax debt issues:

  • Threshold for Tax Liens The first change the program brought about is that it raised the amount of taxes a person has to owe before a lien could be placed. A federal tax lien can’t be placed now unless the taxpayer owes $10,000 or more in back taxes—with a few exceptions.
  • Penalty Relief – The program brought about penalty relief, which is when the IRS decides to forgive your penalties if you have a “good” reason for being behind on your taxes. This can be a tremendous relief for taxpayers who owe a lot in penalties.
  • Installment Agreements – The IRS Fresh Start program also made it easier for taxpayers to access payment plan options. Now, installment agreements are offered to individuals and small businesses who owe less than $50,000 in back tax debt.

Contact an IRS Attorney to Learn More About the Fresh Start Initiative

Now you know what the IRS Fresh Start program is all about. This initiative has brought about many benefits to taxpayers. Learn more about the different programs that may be able to help you. Get your free tax debt analysis by calling the W Tax Group at 1-877-500-4930, or fill out the form below to reach an IRS lawyer.


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