Can't pay the IRS? Here's your options- Learn about the IRS Payment Plans

If you owe the IRS, there’s no time to lose. You need to pay, and fast! If you call the IRS directly you’ll learn they only want to talk about one thing, and that’s how soon you can pay in full. But that’s not your only option. You can pay the IRS in monthly installments or in partial payments.

IRS Installment Agreement

Much like how you pay on your credit card debts, you can pay the IRS in monthly payments. However, there are some key differences. You decide how much you pay creditors, but the IRS determines the amount you’ll pay them monthly. They do this by taking a close look at your financial situation and determining your disposable income. So making a valid case when you apply for an Installment Agreement is a must. Additionally, the amount you pay monthly must satisfy the entire tax debt within three years. In order to apply fill out IRS Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request.


IRS Partial Payment Installment Agreement

In a Partial Payment Installment Agreement, the taxpayer makes regular monthly payments to the IRS, but the payments do not pay off the tax debt in full like the classic Installment Agreement is intended to. After the terms of the Installment Agreement are fulfilled, the remainder of the IRS Tax Debt is forgiven. Although requesting a Partial Payment Installment Agreement with the IRS is easier than submitting an Offer in Compromise, it’s still tricky. First, you need to write a letter stating your request for a Partial Payment Installment Agreement and submit it to the IRS along with IRS Form 9465 and IRS Form 433-A. Consider consulting with a qualified professional to help you with these steps.

Paying in Full When you Don’t have the Cash
Taking out a loan at the bank to pay your IRS debt is a good way to stop interest from accruing on your account. Even if your credit is in trouble you can still qualify for a loan and decrease your Tax Debt. A Bank Loan is cheaper than an IRS Debt. Penalties and Interest on Tax Debt are a lot higher than a loan from a bank. A typical Bank Loan, if you can get one, is around 6.5% interest versus Penalties and Interest on an IRS Debt which is usually 8% compounded daily. If you have the option to pay your Debt in Full with a Bank Loan, you should consider this solution.

If there is any way possible for you to pay your Tax Debt in full, consider that solution as a priority. Remember, penalties and interest continues to accrue on your Tax Debt when you choose to pay with an Installment Agreement. You’ll be saving money in the long run if you borrow money to satisfy your debt.