Offer in Compromise

What is an Offer in Compromise?

An offer in compromise (OIC) is an agreement between a taxpayer and the Missouri Department of Revenue (Department) that settles the taxpayer’s tax liabilities for less than the full amount owed. Absent special circumstances, an offer will not be accepted if the Department believes that the liability can be paid in full as a lump sum or through a payment agreement.

In most cases, the Department will not accept an OIC unless the amount offered by the taxpayer is equal to or greater than the reasonable collection potential (RCP). The RCP is how the Department measures the taxpayer’s ability to pay and includes the value that can be realized from the taxpayer’s assets, such as real property, automobiles, bank accounts, and other property. The RCP also includes anticipated future income, less certain amounts allowed for basic living expenses.

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Who is eligible?

An Offer in Compromise, when submitted for reason of Doubt as to Collectibility or under Effective Tax Administration - Economic Hardship(a) may be considered only after other payment options have been exhausted. If taxpayers are unable to pay their taxes in full, there are other payment options, such as monthly installment agreements or a loan from a financial institution, that must be explored before an Offer in Compromise can be submitted.

All tax returns in all tax types must be filed before the Offer in Compromise is considered. The Offer in Compromise must include tax due in all tax types. Any delinquency currently under bankruptcy can not be included in an Offer in Compromise.

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How do I submit an Offer in Compromise?

You may propose an Offer in Compromise by submitting Form MO-656 to the Missouri Department of Revenue (Department). The offer must include a proposal to pay a sum of money and the reason for the offer. Missouri law provides the following three reasons as a basis for an Offer in Compromise:

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What documentation must be submitted with an Offer in Compromise (Form MO-656)?

You may refer to the Offer in Compromise Checklist to ensure all necessary information is included with your offer. Failure to provide the required information will result in denial of your offer.

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What if I owe for more than one type of tax?

If you owe for more than one tax type, send one Offer in Compromise listing all tax debts.   All required tax returns need to be filed.

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Is payment required at the time the Offer in Compromise is submitted?

Payment is not required unless the Offer in Compromise is accepted and should be made according to the terms agreed upon in Step Four of Offer in Compromise.  Payments sent with the Offer in Compromise will be applied to the account the Offer in Compromise was submitted for, however, acceptance of the payment does not constitute or establish acceptance of the Offer in Compromise.

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Can I appeal if the Department rejects my offer?

No. The law does not provide a right of appeal for a rejected OIC.

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Can I submit another Offer in Compromise if the Department rejects my offer?

Yes, the taxpayer does have the option of submitting another OIC if the previous offer was denied.

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If I submit an Offer in Compromise and send payments in, but decide later I would like to stop the Offer in Compromise, will the Department refund any of the money submitted?

Offer in Compromise payments are non-refundable according to Section 32.378:2(1) of the Missouri Revised Statutes.

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Are there special conditions when submitting an Offer in Compromise?

The special conditions are listed on the Offer in Compromise, Page 12 Terms and Conditions.  It is very important that these requirements are understood before submitting the offer.

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Are all Offers in Compromise reviewed?

Yes, however an offer will be rejected if:

  1. The offer is not considered to be fair and reasonable to other taxpayers and the Department.
  2. If any part of the application is incomplete, or any required documentation is not attached.
  3. If there are noncompliant filings in any tax type.

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Where do I send a proposal for an Offer in Compromise?

Collections Enforcement
P.O. Box 1646
Jefferson City, MO 65105-1646


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