I entered into an installment agreement 10 years ago with the IRS. Do I still have to keep paying what is owed?

Asked about 1 year ago - Portland, ME

The IRS at the end of the 10 years lifted the lien on my property. I still have an outstanding balance that I am paying on. If I stop paying what happens to the owed taxes?

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  1. Steven M Zelinger


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . The other answer gives you the info you need. Call and ask about the transcript. I have actually had them answer the question about the CSED as that is not private.

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  2. Gregory David Verdibello

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    Answered . The IRS collection statute runs 10 years from the date your tax is "assessed." The collection statute can be tolled in certain situations (e.g., bankruptcy). The IRS might have written off the balance you owed if the collection statute (CSED) expired. You should request copies of your account transcripts from the IRS for the tax years that you owe(d). The IRS generally inputs the term "write-off" if the CSED has expired.

    If you stop paying one of two things could occur. If you don't owe the tax, then the IRS will do nothing. Of course they will continue to accept your payments even they no longer can take collection action against you. Second, the collection statute of limitations might not have expired. If you do still owe the tax, then defaulting will put you back into collection status and will expose you to IRS levies, wage garnishments, and seizures.

    Get copies of your account transcripts and look for the term "write off". You might even be able to get a hold of someone at the IRS who can advise on the CSED.

    Good luck.

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  3. Ronald J Cappuccio


    Contributor Level 16


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    Answered . The best choice is to retain a tax attorney. Certain appeals, request for an Offer In Compromise, bankruptcy and a consent can extend the statute of limitations. It would be well worth having a tax attorney represent you, look at the transcript and see exactly where you are.

    Good luck!

    Ron Cappuccio
    856 665-2121

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