IRS Collection Guidance and Resources 

Practitioners are likely to have clients who owe taxes to the IRS and who are unable to immediately pay the liability. Clients will turn to their CPA for help setting up a payment arrangement and for assistance in responding to various collection notices. At times, clients will need help dealing with serious enforcement actions, such as a lien (a claim against property to secure payment) or a levy (a property seizure or a salary garnishment). The AICPA offers the below resources to help practitioners advise their clients on IRS collection enforcement.

For additional guidance and tools on other IRS matters, see Representation and Examinations and IRS Procedure and Tax Administration.

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Featured Resources

IRS response templates

IRS Online Payment Agreement

New! IRS Collection Notice Response Letters

 Request Installment Agreement (often a follow up to an IRS call) and Reinstatement of Agreement and a Collection Appeal are valuable letters for practitioners to customize when responding to collection notices.

New! IRS Payment Agreements Quick Reference Chart

Provides high-level guidance about various types of IRS payment agreements, such as installment agreements, short-term extensions, offers in compromise, and more. (Open to all AICPA members)

Using the IRS Online Payment Agreement (OPA) Tool

 Gain insight into the OPA tool that allows your client (or you as an authorized representative) to apply for certain types of IRS payment agreements. (Open to all AICPA members)

Checklists, Practice Guides, and Templates

Videos, Webcast Archives, and Other Media


External Guidance

IRS Forms

IRS Publications

IRS Tools

  • Finding Out How Much You Owe: Used to determine a client's payoff amount and the balance for each tax year/period.
  • Online Payment Agreement Application: Used to request certain types of payment agreements, such as a monthly payment plan.
  • E-Services: Suite of web-based tools that allow practitioners and payers to complete certain transactions online; often most valuable to practitioners to request and receive client transcripts.

Other Resources

  • Collection Financial Standards: Used to help determine a taxpayer's ability to pay a delinquent tax liability; includes national standards for food, clothing, and allowable living expenses and other expenses.

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    Reviewed March 17, 2017

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