Much like a natural disaster, the coronavirus took the world by storm and forced everyone to seek “shelter at home” and to change their daily habits in an effort to “flatten the curve”. This meant shutting down businesses and within a week, millions of Americans found themselves out of a job.
Businesses who had record sales at the beginning of March found themselves near insolvency by the end of March. Despite a $2 trillion stimulus bill, the economy will undoubtedly take a big hit and take time to recover.
People who were already in debt and behind on their taxes are finding it really difficult to keep up with the day to day expenses, let alone cover past bills.
As an expert tax resolution firm, I help people who find themselves behind on their taxes, often through no fault of their own. In this article, I will walk you through what you need to know about taxes and the COVID-19 pandemic, including tax relief options you can take advantage of.
Note: If you were negatively affected financially by the COVID-19 Pandemic and you find yourself behind on your taxes, contact me for a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation.
The IRS announced late March 2020 that they would be extending the filing deadline for the 2019 tax year. The new deadline is now July 15th and the IRS will not be tacking on penalties or interest, regardless of how much taxes you owe.
This gives you a bit more time to gather your documents, search for new deductions, and file and pay your taxes. It might not be true tax relief, but it is a good opportunity to seek expert advice and a better tax resolution option.
The IRS has a program that allows you to settle your tax debt for less than you owe IF you meet certain criteria. They look at the following:
With the coronavirus affecting taxpayer’s income and asset values dropping, it creates a favorable case for an Offer in Compromise. It is important to structure it properly in order to have a good chance of settling for less than you owe. A qualified tax resolution firm like mine can help
If the IRS agrees you cannot both pay your back taxes and cover your reasonable living expenses, it may be able to place your account in Currently Not Collectible status.
You can request currently not collectible status by submitting the proper form and proof to the IRS of your income and expenses, as well as whether you can sell any assets you may have or get a loan. As you will need to be able to document your inability to pay, be sure to gather copies of all your bills, your most recent paycheck stubs, and statements detailing other sources of income such as alimony, pensions, or investments.
Keep in mind that currently not collectible status applies only to your back taxes. You will still have to file tax returns, and you will not be exempted from paying current and future taxes. You will also continue to accumulate penalties and interest on your unpaid taxes. After a year or two, the IRS may review your status, and if you are able to begin paying your back taxes, then you must do so. If you are still not able to pay, then your status will be renewed.
There are other tax relief options that the IRS has under normal circumstances, and with coronavirus news changing literally every hour during the pandemic, it’s important to have the best tax resolution firm in your corner so you can get through these challenging times.
Remember, you are not alone, and you have options. More than 13 million Americans had already found themselves before the pandemic started, and many millions more will find themselves behind on their taxes.
My firm specializes in tax resolution and I can help during this COVID-19 pandemic. I also serve clients virtually so do not hesitate to reach out. If you want an expert tax resolution specialist who knows how to navigate the IRS maze, reach out to me to schedule a no-obligation confidential consultation to explain your options to permanently resolve your tax problem.