Tax Relief Counsel:

IRS Payment Plan & Installment Agreement Lawyer

Tax Relief Counsel is your trusted partner for navigating IRS payment plans and installment agreements in Washington, D.C., and nationwide. Our experienced tax lawyer is here to help you understand the nuances of tax law and find the best solution for your financial situation.

What Are Payment Plans and Installment Agreements?

Payment plans and installment agreements are arrangements between taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service to settle tax debts over time. Payment plans typically involve monthly payments of the full amount owed, while installment agreements allow for structured payments based on the taxpayer’s financial situation.

What Types of Payment Plans Does the IRS Offer?

To help you tackle your tax challenges, we’ve broken down the payment plans and installment agreements available from the IRS. This insightful table will highlight the methods, costs, and setup specifics of both immediate settlement options and manageable monthly installments.

Payment Plan
Payment Methods
Pay now
Clear your tax debt in full today
Direct pay, EFTPS, check, money order, card
No setup fee online; apply by phone, mail, or in person at no cost
Short-term payment plan
Settle your debt within 180 days
Same as pay now
No fee online (for individuals); apply by phone, mail, or in person at no cost (up to 180 days)
Amount owed plus accrued penalties and interest until paid in full
Long-term payment plan
Pay in monthly installments
DDIA, various payment methods
Option 1: $31 online, $107 by phone, mail, or in person
Low-income option available with waived setup fees
Option 2: Setup fees ranging from $130 to $225, plus accrued penalties and interest until paid in full
Low-Income Setup Fee: $43 online, by phone, or in-person; potentially reimbursed under certain conditions
Change an existing payment plan
Go from another payment method to a long-term payment plan
Direct pay, EFTPS, check, money order, card
Fees apply when paying by card

How Do I Qualify for an IRS Payment Plan?

To qualify for an IRS payment plan, you must meet certain criteria:

  • Tax Liability: You must owe a certain amount in taxes (generally less than $100,000 for individuals) to be eligible for a streamlined payment plan.
  • Filing Status: You must have filed all required tax returns.
  • Financial Disclosure: You may need to provide detailed financial information to the IRS to demonstrate your inability to pay the full amount owed immediately.
  • Compliance: You must agree to comply with all future tax obligations while the payment plan is in effect.
  • Previous Defaults: If you’ve defaulted on previous payment plans, it may affect your eligibility for a new plan.
  • Other Debts: Owing other federal debts, such as student loans or child support, could also impact your eligibility.

Tax Relief Counsel can assist you in determining your eligibility for an IRS payment plan by carefully assessing your financial situation and guiding you through the application process. Our experienced team is dedicated to finding the best solution to resolve your tax challenges effectively.

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Our experienced lawyer can help determine your eligibility for a payment plan or installment agreement with a complimentary case review. Reach out today to explore your options.

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Why You Need a Tax Attorney for Payment Plans and Installment Agreements

While the IRS offers payment plans and installment agreements to help taxpayers manage their tax debt, making proper use of these solutions can be difficult without support. Here’s why having a tax attorney on your side can be beneficial.

  • Legal Knowledge

    Seasoned tax attorney Ramy Shabana possesses deep knowledge of tax laws and can ensure compliance and optimal outcomes for clients seeking to enter IRS payment plans or installment agreements.

  • Negotiation Skills

    Our team excels at negotiating with the IRS. We’re confident we can secure favorable terms for a payment plan or installment agreement on your behalf.

  • Personalized Guidance

    Recognizing the uniqueness of each client’s financial situation, we’re prepared to provide tailored guidance to help you navigate IRS procedures effectively.

  • Protection of Rights

    We focus on safeguarding our clients’ rights throughout all interactions with the IRS, promoting fair treatment and mitigating risks during the application process.

  • Avoidance of Costly Mistakes

    By leveraging our unmatched legal acumen, you can sidestep potential pitfalls and mistakes, minimizing the risk of penalties and additional financial burdens.

  • Peace of Mind

    With our capable tax attorney advocating on their behalf, our clients enjoy crucial confidence and peace of mind, knowing their tax matters are being handled competently.


Why Choose
Tax Relief Counsel?

At Tax Relief Counsel, we understand the stress and confusion that come with facing tax challenges. That’s why we take a personalized approach to offer the solutions our clients need for their individual circumstances.



How does the IRS calculate the monthly payment amount for a payment plan?

When calculating payment amounts, the IRS considers various factors, including the total amount owed, the taxpayer’s ability to pay, and the type of payment plan they qualify for. 

Generally, the agency will divide the total tax debt by the number of days or months in the repayment period to determine the monthly payment amount. However, if you’re unable to pay the full amount within the standard repayment period, the IRS may consider your financial situation and adjust the monthly payment accordingly.

What happens if I miss a payment under an installment agreement or payment plan?

If you miss a payment on a payment plan or installment agreement, the IRS may declare your account to be in default. Consequences of missing payments may include:

  • Assessment of penalties and interest on the outstanding balance.
  • Issuance of a notice demanding immediate payment.
  • Termination of the installment agreement, resulting in the full amount becoming due immediately.
  • Potential enforcement actions, such as wage garnishment, bank levy, or filing a federal tax lien.

It’s essential to communicate with the IRS promptly if you anticipate missing a payment to discuss possible alternatives and avoid any penalties.

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