But even when it looks bad, really bad, there are solutions to IRS tax problems.
Sometimes, the IRS makes a mistake and the taxpayer does not really owe the money. (Who ever heard of a large, governmental bureaucracy ever making a mistake? The government never, ever makes a mistake, does it?)
Other times, the IRS takes too long to try to collect, and time has run out. If time has run out on the IRS, the taxpayer can be released from ever paying what the IRS had earlier claimed was due.
There are situations where a taxpayer just does not have the income or the assets to pay,
even if he or she were allowed to take months or even years to make smaller payments over time. If a taxpayer is in this situation, the IRS can and sometimes does agree to accept less, sometimes much less money than what it says the taxpayer actually owes.
There are other situations where a taxpayer does not have the money to pay the whole bill right away but can pay what he or she honestly does owe in installments, over time, like a mortgage or a car payment.
Sometimes, there are other situations that enable a taxpayer to show that the tax debt is not as big as the IRS says it is, or that the IRS does not need to put its claws into everything the taxpayer owns to get its due.