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Taxpayers Beware of OIC Mills

Taxpayers should be vigilant about companies operating "OIC mills." The Offer in Compromise (OIC) program is an excellent option for taxpayers unable to pay their federal tax debts. This IRS initiative allows qualified taxpayers to settle their tax liabilities for less than the full amount owed. It’s a valuable lifeline for those struggling to meet their tax obligations. The IRS considers each applicant's unique circumstances to negotiate a fair compromise. However, the IRS cautions against predatory OIC mills that prey on vulnerable taxpayers. These mills use misleading radio and television advertisements, promising easy and inexpensive debt settlement. Unfortunately, these promises are often far from reality. OIC mills typically charge exorbitant fees for their services, leaving taxpayers in a worse financial position. What’s more, the services provided by these mills can be obtained directly from the IRS at no cost. Taxpayers can use the IRS's Offer in Compromise pre-qualify tool available on the IRS website to assess their eligibility and begin the process for free. The IRS encourages taxpayers to utilize these free resources rather than falling victim to deceptive OIC mills. The IRS is committed to helping taxpayers and providing them with accurate, free assistance. They also urge taxpayers to report encounters with OIC mills or individuals promoting improper, abusive, or fraudulent tax schemes. Additionally, taxpayers should report tax return preparers who deliberately prepare improper or fraudulent returns. By staying informed and using the tools provided by the IRS, taxpayers can avoid scams and manage their tax debts more effectively. The key is to seek direct assistance from the IRS and steer clear of exploitative middlemen promising quick fixes. For more information, don't hesitate to get in touch with the professionals at The Center for Financial, Legal, & Tax Planning, Inc., at (618) 997-3436.



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