Los Angeles, CA- Individuals who owe taxes to the Internal Revenue Service but are unable to afford a monthly payment plan due to their current financial situations may be eligible for the ‘Currently Not Collectible’ (CNC) status, also known as ‘hardship’.
This clause means that while your account is in the CNC status, the IRS will not usually take any collection action such as placing levies on your assets and income. It is important to note that your account will still accumulate interest and penalties; your tax refunds may also be applied to your debt.
The individuals qualifying for this status may be required to file any delinquent returns, and financial information- including income and expenses- might also be requested.
“Determining your eligibility for the ‘Currently Not Collectible’ status is complicated and requires a good understanding of IRS procedures, guidelines and regulations,” says Dawn Delia, Founding Partner at Delia Law. “It is critical to consult with an experienced tax relief attorney to negotiate on your behalf.” Once an account is placed in CNC status, the IRS may conduct annual income reviews to determine whether individuals still qualify. The IRS may also attempt to collect taxes 10 years after the placement of an account in CNC.