Hardship Status – Currently Not Collectible


If a taxpayer is unable to pay his or her tax liability, and collection activity would create an economic hardship the IRS will consider placing the account in a “hardship” or currently not collectible status. In considering a taxpayer’s account for “hardship” status the IRS will compare the taxpayer’s monthly gross income against what they call “allowable” expenses. IRS monthly allowable expenses are national averages for food, clothing, miscellaneous expenses, housing, transportation, medical expenses and insurance, as well as proper tax withholding and payments. These “allowable” amounts vary depending on household size and local standards as well.

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