IRS Fresh Start


Struggling to resolve your debts? Alleviate Tax can remedy your stress with our resourceful IRS Fresh Start Program.
If you owe back taxes and receive a paycheck, the IRS can use their power to collect up to 70% of your gross income through wage garnishments. They might also use more severe collection methods like bank levies and property seizures to try and settle your tax debt. Is the IRS threatening you with certified letters demanding payment, or worse, threatening to garnish your wages? If so, the IRS Fresh Start program might be your solution, whether you’re an individual taxpayer or a small business owner.
The IRS initially introduced the Fresh Start Program in 2008 to help struggling taxpayers, then later expanded it to provide even more flexible tax resolution options. One of the most impactful changes to the Fresh Start Program was updates to the Offer in Compromise program, which drastically reduces the tax burden for the most distressed tax debtors. This expansion can enable some taxpayers to resolve their debt in only two years, compared with up to five years previously. The expansion of the Fresh Start Program in 2012 also improved the Allowable Living Expense allowance category and amounts.

An Offer in Compromise is an agreement with the IRS to settle the tax liability for less than the full amount. Because an OIC provides the most significant tax debt reduction, the IRS doesn’t accept just any application. Alleviate Tax handles the hard details of qualifying for an offer in compromise, helping alleviate your tax debt and saving you tens of thousands in IRS penalties, interest, and fees. We’ve been able to save 98% of the original tax debt for some clients with an Offer in Compromise.

If the IRS calculates that the total tax debt can be paid (whether in a lump sum or a payment agreement), they will require those payment methods instead. The IRS calculates the taxpayer’s reasonable collection potential using their income and assets.

The Fresh Start Program updates included some nuanced changes for calculating a taxpayer’s ability to repay their tax debt, such as narrowed guidelines for when a dissipated asset is included in calculating collection potential. Also, repayment potential calculations will no longer include particular equity in income-producing assets, such as on-going businesses.

Alleviate Tax can help get you back in compliance with the IRS, whether with an approved installment plan or an OIC, so you can get back to living your life instead of being stressed out. We provide tax relief services that can substantially reduce your tax liability, possibly saving you tens of thousands in penalties, interest, and fees added on by the IRS.

We cut through the complicated IRS rules and calculations to determine the strategy that will deliver the most savings. We handle the entire process while keeping you updated at every step until you get the tax relief you’re entitled to.

Contact us using the form below to get in touch with one of our tax specialists and discover if the Fresh Start Program can provide you the tax relief you need.

In less than 15 minutes, you can learn what ways your tax burden might be lifted from your shoulders so you can get on with your life.


The IRS Fresh Start Program included expansions of many forms of the tax debt resolution they offer. The IRS determines eligibility for the different tax relief methods within the Fresh Start Program by calculating a taxpayer’s reasonable collection potential. When you share your situation with one of our tax analysts, we can determine which of these programs you’ll qualify for.

There are actually many different tax debt settlement programs that are available under the Frest Start Program. Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a payment plan for the total tax debt, penalties, and fees being waived, or possibly even having a large portion of your tax liability reduced. If you reach out to one of our tax analysts, they can help you understand which of these programs you’ll qualify for and help you get on track with your tax debt.

If you have unpaid tax liabilities that the IRS is trying to collect, there are numerous programs available to help you reduce your tax burden. From payment plans to penalty reductions to major cuts, our tax analysts will get to the bottom of which program fits your scenario the best.

However, each program requires numerous forms to be filled out in detail. Most folks have a much easier time settling with the IRS when they use a professional firm like Alleviate Tax who’s experienced with the IRS negotiation process. If you’re experiencing some of the circumstances below, there’s a strong chance we can help you!

Circumstances that will help your chances at a tax settlement with the IRS:

  • Job loss
  • Significant reduction in work hours
  • Drastic pay cuts
  • Bankruptcy filing
  • Injury or illness
  • Inability to meet basic needs like rent, groceries, and utilities
  • Insufficient earnings to pay the tax debt off in full within the maximum allowed time frame

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