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Paying Down Your Tax Debt While Being Unemployed

Paying Down Your Tax Debt While Being Unemployed

By on Nov 17, 2015 in IRS, Payroll Tax Problems, Tax Tips | 0 comments

Paying Down Your Tax Debt While Being UnemployedUnfortunately, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not very sympathetic to unemployed taxpayers who are in debt to them. It cannot be stressed enough how serious of an issue neglecting tax debt can be. The IRS does not discriminate. If you are a United States citizen, and have collected wages, chances are highly probable you owe taxes. If you’re lucky, they might even owe you!


Yet, in the regrettable situation that it is the other way around—that you owe them, it is a case that requires your immediate attention, especially if you’re unemployed. 

How is This Possible? 

So the question pending in your head may be: How is it possible to owe the IRS when I don’t even have a job? 

The real answer is most people hardly ever see a tax problem coming. No one ever plans to tangle with the IRS and there is no set time when they determine to bring an outstanding tax matter to your attention.

The bottom line is that if you’ve worked in the United States, the IRS already has documentation of some sort that you have received a certain amount of wages. It is up to you to verify this on an annual basis around the early part of the year, a time that is referred to as “tax season”. If for some reason, you neglect to file your taxes around this allotted time, the IRS automatically penalizes you. The amount that you are penalized usually is based on how much you’ve earned that tax year as well as how much you owe.

So it’s not uncommon to be in debt to the IRS while unemployed no more than it for a debt collector to reach out to you even though you may not have to funds to pay the institution they represent. 

Pay Your Debt with Your Unemployment Checks 

If you are unemployed, you are probably eligible to receive unemployment checks from the government. As long as you are able to verify that you are actively seeking work, the U.S. government will issue you a check based on your quarterly wages the previous tax year.

Unemployment checks aren’t as healthy as a wage-earning job, but it’s an income. Even though times are financially challenging, it is still smart to put something toward that debt to bring that dollar amount down. 

Call the IRS to Negotiate Monthly Payment Options 

This really ought to be the first thing you want to do when you find yourself unemployed, yet in debt to the IRS. Contrary to the myth, the IRS is not a monster! If you call them and explain your situation, they will be more than happy to work out some sort of payment solution with you. If you’re lucky, you may even qualify for a temporary delay.

Get Tax Help You Can Afford 

Being out of a job doesn’t always mean that you are also out of luck. There are ways to rectifying any solution, even issues of a financial matter. Here at Success Tax Relief, we specialize in helping taxpayers who are in debt to the IRS. We also have over 30 years communicating with the IRS on your behalf. So if you find that you are in over your head with tax debt, call our office today at 877-825-1179 or start the conversation with us online now.

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