What is the IRS Fresh Start Program?

If you owe back taxes to the IRS, you may have heard about the IRS Fresh Start Program.  However, many people do not understand what it is and how it can help them obtain relief from the IRS.  Here is a general overview of the IRS Fresh Start Program. 

The IRS has great power when attempting to collect unpaid taxes including, but not limited to, seizing a taxpayer’s funds and possessions and filing a lien to protect its interests.  These efforts can be time-consuming, costly, give the IRS a bad image and may not ultimately be successful.  The IRS’ efforts to collect back taxes may mean that a taxpayer will not have the ability to pay living expenses, obtain financing or secure and maintain employment.  In 2011, the IRS introduced the Fresh Start Program Initiative in an effort to reduce the burden on the IRS Collections Unit, to encourage taxpayers to resolve back taxes and to soften the image of the IRS.   

If you are dealing with a tax problem and would like to consult with an experienced tax attorney, call 617.237.6347, visit our contact page at GMDTaxLaw.com or email gdzialo@gmdtaxlaw.com.

The IRS Fresh Start Program makes it easier for some taxpayers to resolve their back taxes and offers incentives for doing so.  Prior to the IRS Fresh Start Program, it was harder for certain taxpayers to obtain relief from IRS collection actions and to avoid the filing of liens.  The Fresh Start Program can help taxpayers reduce the burdens associated with back taxes and can help the IRS reduce the burdens of operating our tax system and collecting revenue. 

Taxpayers are not required to formally apply to take advantage of the IRS Fresh Start Program.  In fact, a taxpayer who owes less than $10,000.00 in back taxes to the IRS may already be realizing a benefit from the Fresh Start Program.  Under the IRS Fresh Start Program, the IRS has more discretion to choose to not file a Notice of Federal Tax Lien for $10,000.00 or less in back taxes. The Fresh Start Program has been modified since being introduced and will likely continue to change. 

To learn if you are eligible to take advantage of, and receive the full benefits of the IRS Fresh Start Program, contact an experienced tax attorney today. Call 617.237.6347, visit our contact page at GMDTaxLaw.com or email gdzialo@gmdtaxlaw.com.