What is the IRS Fresh Start Initiative?

The IRS Fresh Start Initiative is a program that was launched by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to help taxpayers who are struggling to pay their taxes. The program aims to provide taxpayers with more flexible payment options and increased access to hardship relief. The initiative has several key features, including:

  1. Increased Income Tax Return Filing Thresholds: The Fresh Start Initiative increased the income thresholds for taxpayers who are required to file a tax return. This means that more taxpayers may now be able to avoid filing a tax return and paying taxes altogether.

  2. Expanded Installment Agreement Eligibility: The Fresh Start Initiative also expanded the eligibility for installment agreements. Under this program, more taxpayers may be able to enter into a payment plan with the IRS to pay off their taxes over time. Additionally, the IRS has reduced the minimum monthly payment for certain installment agreements, making them more affordable for taxpayers.

  3. New Hardship Relief: The program has also added new hardship relief measures for taxpayers who are unable to pay their taxes. The IRS will consider the individual's financial situation, including the taxpayer's income, expenses and assets, to determine if they qualify for hardship relief.

  4. Lien Filing and Release Thresholds: The Fresh Start Initiative raised the dollar threshold for the filing of a Notice of Federal Tax Lien and expedited the process for releasing a lien once the tax debt is satisfied. This will help taxpayers to avoid some of the negative credit impacts that come with a lien.

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