Did you know that if your Offer in Compromise (OIC) is rejected, there is a “self-help tool” on the IRS website that will walk you through a series of steps to help you determine if you should appeal it or not?
This is yet another example of the IRS’ attempt to automate everything they do. I guess it does make sense to explore all available options for replacing the best and brightest who will be leaving the IRS when they retire. And I guess it makes sense to try to find cheaper alternatives, given that the IRS is not going to get the kind of funding they need to hire live bodies. This just seems to cross the line.
I know how complicated and frustrating the OIC process can be. When an OIC has been rejected, what the appellant really needs is to speak with a good tax attorney. Or, at a minimum, he needs to be able to talk with a live body at the IRS who will explain the IRS’ determination and who will really consider a taxpayer’s individual circumstances.
It does have some value, don’t get me wrong. I have spent a little time with this tool and, from what I can tell, it is perfect for identifying errors and oversights made by offer examiners.