These FAQs are not included in the Internal Revenue Bulletin and therefore cannot be relied upon as a legal authority. This means that the information cannot be used to support a legal argument in a court case. The IRS recommends that taxpayers who cannot pay their taxes in full act as soon as possible. Tax bills can quickly accrue more interest and fees the longer they remain outstanding.
Payment options include full payment or a long-term payment plan (installment agreement) (monthly payment). Taxpayers who are struggling should contact an IRS representative by calling the number on their notice of agreement. Most taxpayers will qualify to apply for a payment plan or installment agreement online without calling or writing to the IRS. Taxpayers who have a payment agreement should contact a representative using the number on their notice.
If you are unable to make the required minimum payment amount, you will receive instructions to complete Form 9465 (request for an installment agreement) in PDF and Form 433-F (collection information statement) in PDF. An IRS payment plan is an agreement that you make directly with the agency to pay your federal tax bill for a specified period of time. The system will only be available during the above hours; return to the system when the system is available to use the online payment agreement request. If you're a qualified taxpayer or an authorized representative (power of attorney), you can request a payment plan (including an installment agreement) online to settle your balance over time.
Generally, to qualify as a low-income applicant, your adjusted gross income is equal to or less than 250% of the federal poverty level. Taxpayers should know that the IRS did not break its agreement, but interest did accrue and the balance was maintained. The agreement that makes sense for you depends on how much you owe and how quickly you think you can pay your balance. While the agreements will not be breached due to the lack of payments during the suspension period, penalties and interest will continue to accrue.
Taxpayers can modify most existing installment agreements by applying for a payment agreement online. A long-term tax payment plan, also called an installment agreement, offers taxpayers who may need more than 180 days to settle their tax bill the option of paying off their tax debt in monthly installments. If a taxpayer cannot pay the full lump sum payment by the agreed date, they can change their short-term payment plan to a long-term installment agreement by requesting a payment agreement online.