I owe the irs on back taxes i just received an inheritance if i make a payment plan can they collect on my inheritanc

Asked over 2 years ago - Belton, MO

i am working out a payment plan with the irs for my back taxes, its not over 12,000 , i also just recently received an inheritance which is under 100,000 dollars.. if i make this deal can the I.R.S void our deal and collect on my recent gain being im going to have to pay taxes on the inheritance as well

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  1. Dana Whitney Atchley

    Contributor Level 17


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . Receiving an inheritance will generally not terminate an otherwise acceptable installment plan with the IRS. If you enter into an installment agreement with the IRS to pay your back taxes, the IRS will not take any enforced collection activities against you so long as you make all of your installment payments on time, and that includes not attempting to seize your inheritance.

    Also, I'm not sure why you believe you'll have to pay taxes on the inheritance? You may have state tax to pay, but you almost certainly won't have federal tax to pay because the federal estate tax is a tax imposed on the estate, not on the beneficiaries of the estate. There are some exceptions to this general rule, but the general rule covers most cases.

    All of that being said, I'm not sure why you wouldn't use money from your inheritance to pay off your back taxes. Even when you're in an installment payment plan, interest is still accruing on the unpaid taxes. Furthermore, if the IRS hasn't done so already, they will almost certainly file notices of federal tax liens against you as part of the installment plan. Federal tax liens hurt your credit and will remain on your credit history the same as any other negative credit information. Given all that, I am not sure I understand why you wouldn't simply use some of the money from your inheritance to just pay off all of the back taxes and be done with them for good.

  2. Steven J. Fromm

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . I agree with the prior attorney. This inheritance will not impact the installment plan. But financially speaking it would be foolish for you not to pay off the entire debt immediately.

    Hope this helps.

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