November 13, 2012

Company Expands to Assist more Clients with Qualifying for Tax Relief

Presenting more flexible terms to their Offer In Compromise (OIC) program, the IRS launched their “Fresh Start” initiative earlier this year and expanded it recently in May 2012. The new program is set up to help the most financially distressed taxpayers to resolve their tax problems more quickly. With the ability to better target qualifying taxpayers, the program makes it possible for debtors to clear up their tax problems in as little as two years. Offer-in-Compromise allows consumers to settle any back taxes for less than the total amount owed.

In the past, many taxpayers found it difficult to settle tax debt. This was due to the strict financial guidelines that were used to evaluate OIC, which many times, would result in offer amounts that were beyond what the taxpayer could reasonably pay. The adjustments to the program come after the IRS recognizes that many taxpayers are still struggling to pay their bills. They wanted to apply a common sense approach to reflect real- world scenarios.

“We are very excited about the implications of the Fresh Start initiative for consumers. We are confident that these changes will enable us to help out many customers who are oftentimes in very challenging situations,” says Harry Langenberg, Managing Partner of Optima Tax Relief.

Among the changes, the IRS has developed a Streamline OIC program. Now, when the IRS calculates a taxpayer’s reasonable collection potential, it will revise the calculation and look at only one year of future income for offers paid in five or fewer months, down from four years. And two years of future income will be looked at for offers paid in six to 24 months, down from five years. The new streamline program minimizes the amount of financial information requests. It also requests information via personal calls and has a quicker turnaround time in the decision process. This program will help Optima Tax Relief to settle tax issues sooner and more easily.

Optima Tax Relief, a full service tax resolution firm has assisted many customers with obtaining resolutions to their tax problems. Optima employs a highly professional servicing team, including in-house attorneys, enrolled agents and CPAs that assist clients with bank levies, tax liens, payroll garnishments and social security garnishments.

“Although the IRS has made qualifying for the Offer-in-Compromise program easier, every case has its challenges. That is why it is so vital to have a team of professionals that have the knowledge and experience to work on your case,” says David King, Director of Operations.


Optima Tax Relief, LLC, headquartered in Orange County, CA, is a nationwide tax resolution firm which provides assistance to those individuals struggling with unmanageable state or IRS tax burdens. The company’s unique two-phase approach to tax relief is revolutionary in the industry, as it allows consumers to have clarity about their options before they pay fees toward a resolution program. Optima received full accreditation by the Better Business Bureau, and it consists of a highly professional team of individuals that have many years of experience helping clients with their financial issues.